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After many failures, half-successes, and mid-unit surrenders I think I’ve finally figured out a solid way to incorporate differentiation into my project-based group engineering units.  I think this kind of timeline could work with any long-term project-based unit. First, here is a broad outline of my recent Wind Turbine Unit. Define the objectives, criteria, and […]

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A few weeks ago colleague of mine who is up for tenure asked me if there was anyway that assessment data from his ActiveGrade grade book could be plotted over time to show his student’s progress on various standards over the course of the year.  I told him no.  Yesterday I went back to him […]

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PhysicsTeachersNYC is going to be hosting a workshop on standards-based grading in physics and chemistry on Saturnday September 22 from 10:00-1:00. I will be on a panel with Seth Guinals-Kupperman, and Paul Bianchi talking about how we implement SBG in our classes and helping participants figure out how to start implementing it in theirs. If you’re […]

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I’ve spent much of the last month reading every blog post on standards-based grading in Physics that I could find (of which I think Kelly O’Shea’s Blog is the best) in order to put together a system that will work for my physics class  this year and, hopefully, serve as a model for the science and […]

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…kind of. The plan was that all QSI teachers would transition to standards-based grading via ActiveGrade this September, but due to several converging issues we decided to go with a scaled-down pilot group of about ten teachers.  The hope is that everyone else will see how awesome standards-based grading is and be begging to get […]

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So someone at EdCampNYC mentioned setting up standards-based grading on the following 4 point scale: Beginning/Basic cannot perform does not show any understanding Developing can perform with errors shows some understanding Proficient can perform in a familiar context shows understanding of a concept in isolation Mastery (Transfer) can perform in an unfamiliar/new/unsupported context shows understanding […]

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I recently tweeted this image of the most recent standards-based progress report I designed for my engineering class. First some history. The inspiration for this report came from the great standards-based grade book ActiveGrade.  I started the year excited about using ActiveGrade instead of JupiterGrades (my school’s web-based grade book).  I liked the fact that ActiveGrade […]

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In my last post I shared my plan for trying to get better feedback from my assistant principal’s observation.  Well the observation was this past week and I’d say it went well.  Based on our post-observation conversation, my AP definitely kept my requests for questions in mind and gave me some good feedback and advice […]

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Last week, while students were writing design reports I asked them to use Google Docs to ask for specific feedback on their work as they did it.  See this post and this post for details.  That got me thinking.  If asking for specific feedback is a good way to improve performance, then I should be […]

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My students have become very adept at using Google Docs to collaboratively write reports and build presentations.  Last week I upped the ante a little and asked them to use the comment feature on Google Docs to request feedback from their teammates and respond to their teammates’ requests. I also went through the documents each […]

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