I figured it would be best to start off my blogging career with a highly confusing title so unsuspecting readers would start out knowing that I am highly spastic, very overwhelming and generally confusing.
I started my teaching career in Virginia, was quickly asked to do a SBG pilot as a first year teacher, jumped in with both feet, and lived happily ever after as the teacher hated by those in the building that were against SBG. A move to Kentucky left me at a school that does not do SBG and ever since I have been working to incorporate SBG principles into the grading requirements set forth by our school’s Site Based Decision Making Council. Although I do wish I was able go back to a completely SBG classroom I have managed to fit the proverbial round peg in the square hole so to speak.
At the beginning of each unit my students get two things; a study guide that contains the standards to be covered in the unit with some helpful things to remember and a data recording sheet. Each homework, quiz, and test question is labeled by standard. As a class we reflect on their homework daily and students keep a record of how they are progressing on each standard. I remind them daily that it is fine to lie to themselves and pretend they are doing better than they are but that they certainly can’t grow from that mindset.
I included some examples from our Common Core Geometry Part 1 Unit including a sample homework and test. I would love to hear how you think they can be improved upon. Anyone else out there doing SBG without really doing SBG?
Geometry Part 1 Test