I have been doing alot of blog reading since Thanksgiving. I am teaching a new prep this semester and wanted something new to try. I had read about SBG last summer but really started looking into it recently. Well, I just gave my first assessment and it went great!
My first assessment (ASM) consisted of one thought provoking question from each lesson I have taught so far. I told my class they will have an ASM every Thursday. So Thursday night I didn’t grade their ASMs but I circled mistakes that they made. On Friday I gave them a blank copy of Thursday’s ASM (shrunk onto one piece of paper). We worked the entire thing together as a class. I then gave them back their ASM’s that I had circled mistakes on. (I also told them to put their pencils away so no one was tempted to change answers). On notebook paper, using a pen, they had to explain to me why they got the problem wrong. Then using a rubric I gave them, they had to tell me how many points they earned for each question. This weekend I am going over their explanations and putting grades in my gradebook. One grade for each question. We use PowerTeacher at my school and it automatically gives me a class average for each question. I will use that info to reteach this coming week and put re-assessment questions on their next ASM.