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A message to my ITA students and parents:

October, 2016

Chances are you’ve not been in a class quite like our IT Academy or seen a gradebook setup like mine for ITA. We all start together; about now some students are moving ahead in the curriculum; some are figuring out how to do so while we create a classroom supportive to all. We have had wonderful, record breaking results in the academy. I can't wait for you all to see the student growth from a semester of business driven, digital study.

But - there is only one gradebook per  class and it must serve everyone in the class. The purpose of the class is digital literacy for LHS and beyond and earning MOS (Microsoft Office Suite) certifications. Because we want to nudge students forward while encouraging finding the pace and learning style best suited to them, “due” dates set in early September can be misleading. I am forecasting before school starts based upon previous classes; yet I need to be flexible as all classes have their own flavor, so to speak. The gradebook notes when an assignment is overdue, but an overdue notice alone will not affect a grade. An actual grade number for the assignment (0-whatever) is what is computed for the grade.

We use training programs such as SAM and GMetrix as well as textbooks to learn these programs. It is a fact that some students move to GMetrix sooner than others and for them, SAM becomes moot. But the gradebook still  must serve all.

The takeaway here: a blank in the grade book is nothing to react to, even if the grade program (Skyward) prompts that an assignment is late. Actual numbers in the grading column - that is what you need to pay attention to. That represents the students score in the assignment of test in question. If there is a number from 0 to whatever in the Skyward assignment, then there is grade that will be computed with all the rest. Just "missing" or blank for an assignment does NOT affect a student's grade point average (gpa).

Always feel free to contact me at stephen.codling@rentonschools.us.

Mr. Codling



Consider this: You come to school to learn how to make a reasonable adult out of yourselves. You do this because you are a glorious teenager and not an adult – yet.

You begin this term as a student in this class to acquire learning certificates for Microsoft software products. This should challenge you because you haven’t finished this class – yet.

When you get frustrated, behind, confused - it is because you haven’t quite mastered what you need to in order to be successful. Yet.

As a new teacher here, I do not know you – yet.  You do not know me – yet.

The Yet can be a flexible time unit.  In here, think of it as a summer gift to yourself. The end of the term isn’t here – yet. How about: when that yet expires, you will be earning/have earned these valuable certificates.

Crank out these certs and you are putting money in your pockets. That’s right- money in your pockets!  I want each and every one of you to have the tools to give you choices for a life that is challenging and fun.

As a teacher, I think it is a mistake to enter all the early mistakes you make in your journey in my class and weigh you down with not so good grades when the point of the class is to buff up your software and digital awareness so that you will be successful. Here’s the tradeoff – you have to be self-aware enough to be honest with yourself as to where you stand. Ask me and I will always tell you.

If you look at life as series of yets, we are here to help you check off your high school yets.

Let’s review:

You don’t know what it’s like to be an adult, yet.

You don’t know who you will vote for in your first presidential election, yet.

You don’t know who will win in the 51st Super Bowl, yet.

You don’t know what you’re going to learn in here, yet. It’s called a journey, y’all!


Yet us begin.