- One-page overview
- Agree / Disagree human continuum for each statement
- Brief discussion around the 15 fixes -- share past experiences (positive/negative... why?)
- Develop an argument FOR and AGAINST including these factors in grades: student behavior, reduced marks on late work, points for extra credit, reduced marks for cheating, attendance, or group scores.
Toxic Grading Practices
- Watch this video by Rick Wormeli (Standards-Based Grading)
- Pause after each main point to journal and discuss
- The Dilemma of the Zero
- Facilitate activity 4.4 from study guide
- Discuss the soundness of the teacher's actions. What could the teacher have done differently? Why?
- Watch this video by Doug Reeves (Toxic Grading Practices)
- Discuss each toxic practice & alternative suggestions (zero, averages, semester-killer)
- What's in a "B"?
- Facilitate activity 2.2 from study guide
- Analyze list comparing what grades should tell us vs. what's actually included in grades
- What things on either list are troubling to you? Why?
One Solution: Standards-Based Grading (SBG)
- Video introduction to SBG
- Reflect on article: Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading -- How does SBG compare to your experiences with grading as a student? What makes sense? What doesn't?
- In groups of 2 or 3, sketch out a sample traditional grade book & a grade book using SBG
- What's the same? different? Which method best serves the purposes of assessment and grading?
- Virtual guest speaker to share how and why he uses SBG (David Schouweiler, teacher at Newton-Conover High School). You can view the Google Hangout with Mr. Schouweiler below.
Putting It All Together
- Work in groups of 3 or 4 to construct a list of ineffective & effective grading practices, based on the readings, videos, and class discussions
- 3 columns: What not to do | What to do | Why
Reflections from Pre-Service Teachers
I used to think that there was only one way to grade. Now I think that there are other ways and that there are ways to think out of the box, because standards-based grading actually grades the content that the student is learning instead of factoring in other things like tardiness and behavior.
I used to think grading was simple - just check to see if it's right or wrong. Now I think (know) that it is a lot more than that. There are so many things you have to consider because it's more than just right or wrong answers. Teachers should be more conscious when they grade.
I used to think number grades were the easiest way to go about grading. Now I think standards-based grading is the most meaningful and smartest way to go because I feel like students will be eager to learn more and students will learn more as well.
I used to think grading was a one way thing. Now I don't because we have discussed many types of grading.
I used to think the grading system didn't show students' true ability. Now I know what I thought is true, based on all the evidence I have learned in this class.
I used to think that percentage grading was the only way to grade. Now I think that teachers are breaking the mold, pioneering out of the norm to reach the students because of Mr. Shoe. It is amazing to see people try to start something new and have it be beneficial.
I used to think the 7-point grading scale was the only / right way to grade. Now I think nobody should use it because it isn't fair or a true representation of a grade.
I used to think grading could only be shown by numbers and percentages. Now I think that there are better ways to convey someone else's knowledge because of looking at standards-based grading.
I used to think the standard had a just meaning. Now I think that it has no significant effect because a number cannot tell you what you are doing wrong.
I used to think grading was pretty much just like the things we talk about the "wrong ways". Now I think it is not a good representation of a student's knowledge because the "F" region is so harsh between 60 - 0. I've never given much thought into this new way. I really like it.