The Conversation Begins…

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As part of my district leardership team, I was asked to share a few things I’ve learned this past summer about Standards Based Grading to my entire school district.  Makes me nervous – not sure why I agree to this type of thing.  Then I realize, I require my students to stand in front of their peers and share what they’ve learned/understand or how they’ve solved a problem…so I should require the same of myself.

My intent was to begin a conversation about SBG.  My hope was to help teachers in my district to pause and reflect on their own classroom practices and thinking…

Mission accomplished.  First of all, I am not an expert by any means.  I am a teacher who paused and reflected on my own practices.  I received kind comments – but those emails, texts and questions I’ve received in the past 24-hours let me know there is a need to learn more.  I will link to my PPT on this post and also share resources that others have sent me in the past 24-hours.  Its amazing to me the response!  Its teachers at every grade level, various years of experience and different subject areas.

One of my co-workers is sooooooooo close to retirement – yet she had ordered her own copy of Fair Isn’t Always Equal by Rick Wormeli.  A teacher – takes the time to learn more about something to improve differentiated learning opportunities for her students?!?  I mean, who does that???  The nerdy, weird teacher who drank the kool-aid?  No, a teacher who cares about her students – gives her best effort and sets an example for the less experienced teachers to follow…that’s who.

How to Grade for Learning overview of Ken O’Connor’s book(s).

His book How to Fix Broken Grades is the one that caused me to pause, reflect and seek how I could make needed changes to improve my classroom.  My curriculum specialist shared someone texted her requesting the book even before we left our session yesterday.

A colleague who is “not sold yet” shared this link @mrsebiology Standards Based Grading in the Science Classroom: http://t.co/DOjqfhP .  I am not trying to convince anyone this is the best / only way to think about grading…but as professionals we must reflect on our own practices – decide which ones are worthy of keeping and which ones we can improve.  What needs to change in my classroom is not the same as someone else’s classroom.  I will not judge someone if they disagree/don’t go along with what I think works.  As long as student learning is the focus of every decision we make, we’ll provide the best educational opportunities available to our students.

I will continue to add/update links on this post – to give teachers interested in learning more a place to start.

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