I spent the day working on the V Planner. I have a deadline that I have imposed on myself. It is the end of this month. Whether I get it finished by then or not is the big question and it’s not looking like I will. If I don’t I’m sure that I won’t get fired.
Today’s work and a large image
The large image shows an “S” sheet, not the lesson plan part, but the parts to the right of the lesson plan part. The parts that I worked on today.
Click here to see the large image if you want to look at it first.
Created the option to have —
1. weighted term grade item labeled “Term Exam”
2. additional weighted term grade item labeled “Other”
Because throwing in two additional weights to add to the main set of grades will potentially cause all sorts of problems, I
3. set up several checks that warn you if something is not right with the weights.
The two new weighted term grade items are optional. Put 0 or nothing in the weight cells and the main grades will count as 100% of the term average.
Typing all that out was so much quicker than figuring out how to do the work.
I had to adjust the dynamic term table – the one at the top of the page –
4. to pick up the new term averages
Because of the real issue of missing something in adding weights, etc, I
5. placed a warning message under the running weighted average that tells you if past terms have an unnoticed problem with grades
Figuring out how to do that took a few minutes because it is based on dates. A running average shows the scores that you’ve added, which is hopefully up to date. Showing a warning for a term that has not happened yet or is in progress is not of much use, and that is why the message is date-based.
I finished a Term Averager that will be on each S-Sheet. The Term Averager allows you to choose any of the terms. The averager will retrieve items that would be useful for a grade card – average for the terms, attendance, dates, and total hours if you are using them. I made this Term Averager in case you needed to turn in grades per semester or some other set time, but were using all six term calculators instead of only two of them.
At “1 Point is Worth” sandwiched between “time” and the dynamic term thingy is a place where you can choose the value of the 6. points (the +/-) – before this, I hard-coded the value of a “point” to equal 1/10th of a percent. The new V Planner will let you choose between 0.1 and 1. Default is 1/10th of a percent.
Meanwhile, at another worksheet, I have started the automatic grade card. So far, all you have to do is select which child the report is for and the grades fill in. That is all, and there is more to add later but within two weeks? I just do not know that.
As a side note, the new V Planner will have a non-linear lesson plan system. The current V Planner is linear. That means you select the first lesson, then the rest fill in – in order. The non-linear system lets you choose any lesson, any of them and in any order. It takes more button-pushing and un-button-pushing, but it might be worth it to have the lesson plans ordered exactly as you want them on the planner.
– Just a note here – Your hard copies of the plans is your record. While the V Planner keeps all of the lesson plans, the plans do not, for instance, plans from two weeks ago do not “re-show” on the planner unless you make it happen. So, if you need a paper copy of your weekly plans, print one each week. However, there is a worksheet that is in printable format that will print all of the lesson related data, it is just not in a planner format.
I have not decided if I will keep the linear system along side the non-linear – I could, I just do not want to confuse anyone.
One last thing, if I can – The V Planner is a spreadsheet, although spreadsheets can be remarkable files, but please remember that it is a file; it is not a software program.
I still doubt that I can finish Version 2 in two weeks. I have yet to design some of the “receiving sheets” – the ones that retrieve the data in a decent printable format.
Thanks for reading.