Welcome to the October 21, 2010 edition of the standards-based grading gala. We have 24 great submissions from regulars and newcomers alike. Some are new to SBG, some have done it for awhile. Some are veteran teachers, some are just beginning their first year. Though most of us are inspired by similar resources, you’ll see just how unique each teacher’s implementation is for their classroom (Shawn Cornally blogged about the varied flavors of SBG recently). As Geoff shares, its a reminder that a standards-based approach to assessment is really a more of a philosophical change than a technique. Its not a simple deconstruction of grades, it really changes how you and your students look at their work, and the nature of your conversations.
Let’s get to it!
- park_star presents Sometimes you can change everything by changing nothing posted at Between Me and the Door.
- Becky Goerend presents “I can improve my grade by retaking a part of the quiz?” posted at Live the Conversation, saying, “This is an old post, but it’s still a good one!”
- thirdleopard presents a great example of the kind of student-initiated assessment that we all crave in Cool Stuff! posted at Praxis of Reflection.
- Lisa Henry presents First Test With SBG posted at An “Old Math Dog” Learning New Tricks, saying, “My reactions to my first test given using SBG.”
- Dan Anderson presents an approach to assessments that encourages retention of knowledge in Big Bad Wolf (a SBG tale) posted at A Recursive Process.
- Barbara Gajda presents SBG at 3 weeks posted at Large Q Quality, saying, “Now three weeks into my first year of teaching, I take a practical nuts-and-bolts approach to how SBG implementation is working for me.”
- Jason Buell presents Playing the Whole Game posted at Always Formative, saying, “It’s a response to people who think standards-based grading is too fragmented and only skills-based. “
- John Burk presents Beyond point chasing: self assessment posted at Quantum Progress, saying, “I should be able to add some student feedback on this process by the end of next week.”
- Geoff Schmit presents a reflection on his implementation of SBG in Three Realizations about SBAR (Start of Year 1 vs. Year 2) posted at Pedagogue Padawan.
- Sarah shares how she helps her students track their progress and much more in SBAR in my classroom posted at Sarah Educating.
- Chris Ludwig presents Grade police vs SBG: Does anyone win? posted at Science Education on the Edge.
- Jonathan Bjork shares his experience introducing SBG to his AP Biology class in Unveiling of SBG (Day 1); A Yooper’s Foray In Science Education posted at A Yooper’s Foray in Science Education.
- Sam Shah presents Some Downsides to SBG posted at Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere. Be sure to read the amazing discussion in the comments as well.
- Riley presents three posts: Strategies for keeping active SBG cohesive, Letting Go of the Past (mechanisms for calculating grades), and Active SBG posted at Point of Inflection.
- Tony Borash presents Standards-Based Grading, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Defuse the Bomb posted at tborash’s posterous.
- Maria Droujkova presents Simple, illegal in 50 states? posted at Natural Math. An interesting perspective on the possibilities of authentic, real-world audiences for student work.
- Nick Yates presents Why SBG? posted at Maryland Math Madness.
- gasstationwithoutpumps presents Sustained performance and standards-based grading posted at Gas station without pumps, saying, “I’ve been thinking about implementing SBG, but have several concerns. This post addresses one of them.”
- Eric Brunsell presents Assessment posted at Teaching Science 2.0, saying, “This is not a single blog post. Instead, it is compilation of 15 example formative assessments for science in middle and high school.”
- Tyler Rice presents Why I dumped SBG (and why you probably shouldn’t) | Wisdom Begins with Wonder posted at Wisdom Begins with Wonder.
- Janelle Wilson presents Standards Based Grading: An Experiment posted at Stretching Forward, saying, “How do you fight the system to show authentic learning?”
- Frank Noschese presents SBG to Nowhere? posted at Action-Reaction.
That concludes this edition. I encourage you all to continue the conversation on twitter and in blog comments. I also hope that you will share great info from this and previous galas with your colleagues.
Frank Noschese will be hosting the Standards Based Grading Gala 4 at his blog, Action-Reaction. Details will be posted there soon. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
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