I”m in the process of thinking through
details that I probably don’t need to be thinking through in April when I have a million other things I should probably be doing right now how I can grade my Algebra 1 Support classes next year.
Let me back up. Last semester, I decided that I wanted to introduce a standards-based grading system in my Financial Literacy class. The material in this course is so important to students’ life after high school that I really wanted to come up with a way to help them internalize some of the motivation to learn it, and I thought SBG would help that. I got conditional approval from my principal and typed up a document describing specifically how I would implement it. (He asked for a paragraph and got two pages. I’m fairly sure he knows me well enough that he was not surprised by this.) I have written previously about why I’ve avoided this type of grading system with my Algebra 1 class, but the seniors are far enough removed from their middle school experiences that I thought it would be ok. Continue reading