Tag Archives: Sbar

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A student-designed AP Biology course?

I’ve waited to post this set of thoughts until I was back at school, mostly because I was up in the mountains for the last bit of the summer. Yes, I had wifi, but, well, there were other things to do that were better than blogging. But I’m back to writing, and in terms of changes for this school year that you might be interested Read More →

Convergent classroom (standards-based grading) meets divergent class (phunsics): separate styles for separate courses

Scott McLeod recently asked this question in his post Reconciling Convergence and Divergence: How do you reconcile… principles of standards-based grading; “begin with the end in mind and work backwards;” understanding by design; and other more convergent learning ideas with… project-, problem-, challenge-, and/or inquiry-based learning; creativity; innovation; collaboration; and our need for more divergent thinkers? My answer: I don’t reconcile the two, nor am I Read More →

Standards-based grading support group: Teachers Teaching on the Prairie podcast

I was recently invited by my colleague Kelly Jo Smith to participate in a podcast discussion about standards-based grades. There has been enough of a stir about SBG at our school lately that she thought it would be good to get several teachers who are trying it out to go “on tape” discussing our experiences of SBG. I was joined by Justin Miller (art teacher), Read More →

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2010-2011: My Standards-Based Grading Year in Review

As I’ve written elsewhere, my focus this year has shifted from tinkering with educational technology to tinkering with, well, most everything else about my classroom. The main focus has been about changing how I grade students. When I started teaching I used the typical points-based grading structure where 10 or 100 point assignments are given and students rack up points towards a total. From there, Read More →