Anamosa High School has been leading the charge in Standard Based Grading for ACSD. Standards Based Grading is much different than traditional grading that has been going on in education for many years.
Earlier this week, I sat down with Darci Wagner, instructional coach, to discuss Standards Based Grading. We created the below podcast to answer some of the questions about the "what and why" of SBG.
Please have a listen to the podcast "A-Town Breakdown". If you find it helpful, please pass it along to someone who might benefit from a listen.
If you have questions about SBG, please feel free to contact Darci Wagner at 319-462-3594 ext. 1646
Resources: On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting, Thomas Guskey
A School Leader’s Guide to SBG Tammy Heflebower, Jan Hoegh, Phil Warrick
I find that this new job is really testing me on skills that I didn't use much as a classroom teacher. Don't get me wrong, I tried to use technology in my class when I felt that it enhanced the learning of my lesson. But, creating edited videos, podcasts, and web design has been a process of trial and error. Frustration hit an all time high when I had finished my edited podcast on SBG and opened it later to upload it to a MP3, only to discover that it was gone. AHHHHHH.
That is why the lesson on "The Learning Pit" hit me just at the right time. Mrs. Wilson and her students explained to me that sometimes we fall in a learning pit. We try, fall down, and somtimes get stuck. Her students told me that this is when learning takes place. That getting up and dusting off and growth mindset is what makes us better learners.
Take a look at "The Learning Pit"
Thanks, Mrs. Wilson
One of the great things about my new position as Tech Coach, is learning about new and exciting websites, apps and gadgets. There are some really great resources out there and as you might guess, some not so great. Either they are not a great fit for schools, inappropriate, or cost a small fortune. However, I have discovered an app/website that is quickly become one of my all time favorites, SeeSaw.
SeeSaw is an online student portfolio. It checks off all the things I like when evaluating an online source. It is useful on multiple levels, safe, and basically FREE!
SeeSaw is useful on so many different levels. For students, it allows them to demonstrate their learning on their specific portfolio page. Students can create a video describing how they discovered an answer to a particular problem. A teacher can take a photo of his or her students on field trip to share. Students are also able to record just their voice as they read a passage. For teachers, they have great evidence of learning taking place throughout the school year. For parents, the biggest reward of all, you get to witness learning taking place more regularly in your student’s classroom. You no longer have to ask, “What’d you do in school today?”. Now your conversation can be more like, “I see you’re reading the book….”
SeeSaw is very safe. All posts by students have to be approved by the students’ teacher. Parents only see what is posted to their child’s portfolio. The class is protected with a special code only the parents of the class may use. Finally, the teacher approves who is able to join her SeeSaw.
Last but not least, SeeSaw is basically FREE! I know, basically, but really for our purposes at ACSD it is. SeeSaw does come with some flashy extras, but for now it’s not needed.