Sunday, September 26, 2010

Grading with Standards

So how do you grade assignments if the students do not finish assignments or tests?

I have students that are doing great on assignments but just were not able to finish.  Do I just grade them by what they finish or do I let them finish later?  I'm not dealing with any students that need to finish things in any time constraints.  Welcome for any ideas.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Creative Test Answer

I have some creative kids.  Here's an example of one of their answers for sketching a plane with noncollinear points and a line segment.  (NOTE: He didn't get the credit for the points not in a line and he didn't finish the test.  At least he feels good about the artwork he drew for me!)

So would that be a 2, 3, or 4.  I could see it being a 4 if there were 2 separate planes.

*** Got another answer similar from the same class.  This kid did better on it though.  He got the 2 separate planes and the guys love that pics of their test are on my teaching blog!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Too awesome not to share

Just followed a link from a blog to this and I LOVE it!!!
I hope everyone else enjoys it half as much as I do.

Implementing SBG School Wide

As the school year has started and my campus has had A LOT of training on SBG practices and procedures it seems like all of the departments are in a rush to implement it now.  As we all are tripping and trying to find out how to exactly implement this in our classrooms I keep wondering if anyone has experienced the same problems on their campuses. 

Did everyone try to implement it at once or was it phased in through departments or levels of teachers?

While the school or district was in transition from the traditional grading system (percentage wise) did all of the PLCs or even departments decide to use the same conversion chart from a scale score to percentage or did different departments or levels have different conversions?

The current hot topic at my school is how do we convert the scale score to a percentage that GradeSpeed can handle.  For my students, and primarily the students I'm intervening with and my DB Geometry class I'm using the table below.

100% = 4.0 = I can do it well enough to make connections that weren't taught.
95% = 3.5 = I can do it well enough to make connections that weren't taught, but I'm not always right about those connections.
90% = 3.0 = I can do everything that was taught without making mistakes.
85% = 2.5 = I can do everything that was taught with a few mistakes.
80% = 2.0 = I can do all of the easy parts, but I can’t do the harder parts.
75% = 1.5 = I can do some of the easier parts, but I make some mistakes.
70% = 1.0 = With help, I can do some of what was taught.

Now that's just the student friendly version that I have posted in my room. In my opinion in those classes the students shouldn't have an opportunity to fail. They always will have receiving help as an option and they will eventually (fingers crossed) be able to get some of the work done.  But that's just my philosophy. 

I'm interested in other peoples experiences and thoughts about this subject especially.  We are having a math department meeting next week to discuss our grading policies.  I hope to hear from people!