The Spirit of SBG

Nice list of small manageable changes.

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You want switch to standards-based grading, but, for whatever reason, you cannot. Do not worry. All of the strengths of SBG can be done within a traditional grading system:
  1. Shift from tracking by chapter to tracking by concept.
  2. Allow opportunities for students to show growth.
  3. Don’t grade homework and practice.
  4. Provide timely and effective feedback.
  5. Spiral concepts throughout the curriculum and your assessments.
  6. Give shorter, more frequent quizzes.
  7. Assess what you value.
  8. Provide clear goals and expectations for performance.
  9. Encourage risk taking, failure, iteration, and experimentation.
  10. Do what works best for your students and your situation.

A traditional system done in the spirit of SBG  is much, much better than an SBG system done poorly. (Trust me, I’m speaking from experience!)

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About J Martens

Educator living and working in Vancouver BC Learning how formative assessment, literacy, inquiry, and technology serve to improve learning and increase engagement (for teachers & students).
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2 Responses to The Spirit of SBG

  1. phansenvsb says:

    This is a gem, Jacob.

    Pamela Hansen LD/Literacy Consultant 604-355-6719 Focus on Literacy and Learning http://phansenvsb.wordpress.com Communications 11 and 12 http://vsbcomteachernetwork.wordpress.com

    From: Renovating My Classroom <comment-reply@wordpress.com> Reply-To: Renovating My Classroom <comment+efvnuw09f7rd_498ythab53@comment.wordpress.com> Date: Wednesday, 26 June, 2013 9:29 PM To: admin Hansen <phansen@vsb.bc.ca> Subject: [New post] The Spirit of SBG

    J Martens posted: “Nice list of small manageable changes.”

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