08-04-2008, 05:57 AM
We have had ZAP for the past two years, and I anticipate it will be around again this year. Our program is usually run quite well, and there is one person in charge of scheduling the students in ZAP. Here are the basics:
On <B>Friday</B> at close of day, teacher reviews gradebook and makes list of students and assignments with zeros. Teacher puts names (last name first) and assignment info into excel worksheet
Teacher forwards the excel doc via email to ZAP coordinator by <B>Monday</B> , no later than the first bell. If my assignment are in Word, I will attach them as well and he prints them out.
ZAP coordinator (he is in our CMC) puts all ZAPS into the system and schedules each child. They are pulled from elective classes to make up zeros in academic classes, and he tries to not pull them from the elective every time for repeat offenders. He prints their ZAP sheet an puts it in the teacher's box that gave them ZAP.
<B>Tuesday</B> , the teacher gives the ZAP sheet to the student in class. It tells them WHEN they are to report to ZAP, WHAT assignment is being ZAPPED, and the grading rubric for ZAP.
IF the student can produce the ZAPPED work in class at that time the ZAP pass is handed to them, the teacher can take it and grade according to district policy for late work. Maximum grade is 70.
ZAP is on <B>Wednesday</B> for 8th, and Thursday for 7th grade. I do not accept ZAP work on the day of ZAP!! They MUST report to ZAP and do their work in ZAP class, on Wednesday. Maximum grade for ZAP class is 60, and I then deduct points from their if they don't do the assignment up to standard.
ZAP work is placed back in teacher's box by <B>Thursday</B>.
If the student skips ZAP, they are dealt with by administration
I sometimes have 20-30 students that are ZAPPED, and it can make for extra work on me to get those names and assignements to the ZAP coordinator. However, it does let the kids know that they can't just get away with not doing work.
It gets tricky around TAKS time, and ZAP goes on hiatus because they are also involved in TAKS scheduling and testing details.
The process starts all over for the next week on Friday. You can ONLY send that weeks zeros to ZAP. It gets tricky when I have a kid that was absent for 3 days, and it is excused. They then get extra time for the work. Then, if they end up getting a zero, it makes it tricky to give them ZAP because it goes back to the previous week. Make sense?
That was LONG!