This section is from the "Correlated Courses In Woodwork And Mechanical Drawing" book, by Ira S. Griffith. Also available from Amazon: Correlated courses in woodwork and mechanical drawing.
11. Records, Forms of Reports, Grading Work. The following forms have proven satisfactory.
(Form for front cover)
Manual Training Center__________________________
(Form for pages)
School_________________ Grade_________________ Teacher_________________
The foregoing form is for use in grammar school centers. One book for each center will suffice. On the cover, the instructor will fill in the name of the school at which the center is located, also his own name.
There should be placed after "school" on the inner page the name of the school from which any class of boys come. Their grade and the name of their academic teacher is to be filled in.
In marking attendance in the class book, use a short straight line for absence. If a boy is marked absent and later comes in, a straight horizontal line thru the vertical line made to indicate absence will indicate tardiness. By arranging these marks in the square in some definite order the particular time of absence or tardiness can be told. For example, if a class comes to manual training once a week, a mark in the upper left hand corner may indicate absence or tardiness the first week of that month; if in the upper right hand corner, for the second week, etc.
In the column marked "Grade" will be recorded the teacher's estimate of the boy's work. In some schools boys are required to pay for material used. The column marked "Acct." is to be used in keeping record of money paid by the pupil.
The column marked for deportment is not to be filled unless a boy insists in calling the instructor's attention to himself because of his misconduct. On such occasions a check is recorded after his name at the time reproof is given.
These books will be taken up by the supervisor of manual training at the close of the year and will be kept by him.
Boys who enter or leave at times other than the beginning or close of the regular school period should have the fact and date indicated in connection with their names.
Where money is collected from students, the supervisor should insist that the instructor keep a separate purse for this purpose in addition to keeping a record in his class book. The class book record will be of service in checking the purse account and in aiding in settling any dispute between instructor and boy and in giving the supervisor a check in case any parent asks for information. It is not an unusual thing, however, for the instructor to find his purse account in excess of his book account. This is due to the fact that he has forgotten in the stress of other shop duties to make a record. In such a case the purse account, not the book account is to be turned in. Since the instructor is not a purchasing agent there will never be occasion for his book account to exceed his cash account.
The directions given for the grammar school class book apply equally to this high school form, except that the week is the unit instead of the month. If a class comes five days in the week, a mark in each of the four corners of the square for Attendance and one in the center will indicate that the boy was absent or tardy five times that week. Always
(Form for High School) (Outer cover)
(Form for pages)
Second Week, Etc.
placing the marks in definite places for definite days will indicate what day of the week a boy was absent or tardy.
At the end of each month there will need to be sent to the regular grade teacher information suggested in the following form. This form, when the teacher takes off the data contained thereon, is to be returned to the manual training center. The information contained upon this form is to be used by the regular teacher in making up her monthly report for the boys whose names are recorded. Deportment and attendance will be combined with similar marks in the regular work while the manual training grade will be recorded in the space so indicated on the regular monthly report.
As for the form of the monthly report for the high school, most high schools have their marking systems so arranged that the different instructors can transfer their markings directly from the class book to the card. If a form is desired, the grammar school monthly report will answer as well for the high school by changing the words "School" and "Grade" to "Shop" and "Section."
School_________________ Grade_________________ Teacher________
To the Teacher—Deportment is satisfactory unless checked. A boy with two or more checks needs a word of caution and advice.
Excuses for absence or tardiness are to be given the regular teacher except where a boy is absent from manual training but is in attendance at the regular school the same day. In such a case the excuse is to be given the shop instructor.
In addition to this the teacher will appoint a monitor who will telephone to her the class attendance at the beginning of each manual training period. Unwarranted absentees are to be attended to by her.
This record is to be returned at the very earliest opportunity to the manual training shop. Otherwise, it may be the cause of delay in your getting your class report from manual training the following month.
In grading work the tendency today is not to try to make fine distinctions such as 83 per cent, etc. "Excellent" for work that is equal to that of a mechanic, "Good" for work that is above average, "Passed" for average work and "Poor" for work that is not acceptable will be sufficiently exact. If the system of marking is by numbers, mark by tens, as 90, 80, 70, and 60, seventy being "Passed."