The break in school over the holidays has provided me with a time for reflection. The school I teach in has block scheduling, and our 2nd quarter will finish up 2 weeks after we get back from vacation. As the 3rd quarter begins, I will have all new students. This provides a chance to change some practices and try new ideas on assessment and grading. My brother, Matt Townsley, (@mctownsley on twitter) utilizes a form of standards based grading in his high school math classes. It is my goal over the next couple of days to sit down with Matt and set up a plan for the implementation of a standards approach in my classroom.
My concern with this is I'd be starting something new in my school. No other teachers will be utilizing a standards approach. I also want to make it very clear to my students and their parents about the expectations and grading practices. I hope to use this space (the blog) to share joys, frustrations, and gather feedback from you who might have ideas that will provide a better learning experience for my students. My goal is to post once a week, but our second child is due anytime now, so I may be busy changing diapers instead of blogging.
Anyway, I'd love to hear your responses, insights, and ideas regarding standards based grading. Please drop a comment or find me on twitter: @EricTownsley I look forward to learning and sharing!