Two of the most dreaded words. State Test. I’m not sure who dreads them more, the students or their teachers. I understand the need to measure growth of our students but are we accomplishing what is needed to help these kids be successful outside of high school?
I have been reading many posts lately and am excited to find that other teachers out there are preparing students just like I am. I am lucky enough to have a co-worker who thinks very much like me. We believe that all students do not learn at the same pace! What a thought!! For the last five years we have been requiring students to remediate and retest if they do not earn a 70 or higher on their unit tests. Most of what we do is very similar to SBG (standards based grading). The big difference is we don’t break our gradebooks into standards. But I love, LOVE, this idea! For the last five years we have required that they remediate/retest the entire unit, even if they understood parts. I like the idea of breaking it into parts. Why didn’t we think of this before??
Next semester I am not teaching Algebra One. A first in eight years. Not sure how I feel about that yet. I also have a student teacher for next semester. I am going to take this opportunity to create SBG for my two preps; Algebra Two and Geometry. I plan on reading many blogs in hopes of creating a great beginning for my SBG!