We just finished our humongous review units in both Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. Algebra 2 had 9 skills. Algebra 1 had 8 skills. Note to self: Review units are a great idea to get student accustomed to SBG and the A/B/Not Yet Grading System. Further note to self: making the review unit this big was a big mistake. It's taken forever for the 2-week deadline to set in to force students to fix their "not yets." This means I currently have students who have not made an A or a B on a single quiz. This is not good. And, their grade still doesn't reflect it.
Next year: 4 or 5 review skills in the review unit. Then, spread the other review skills out in the unit the are actually needed for.
To encourage students to come in for extra help, I typed up an "invitation" to spend time before school, after school, or at lunch with me. It's actually not an invitation, but a mandate. Invitation sounds nicer, though.
I printed them off on green paper and filled in the top three lines. I passed them back with graded quizzes. I think this was a wake-up call for my students. Ideally, they would be keeping track of this themselves or be checking our online gradebook. They do have a score tracking sheet in their notebook, but I'm having trouble motivating some of my students to use it.
I gave this invite to all students who had more than 3 not yets to fix.
Students signed and returned these. We'll see how many actually show up. It's at the point where I should be calling parents, but I don't have time to call THIS many parents.
Note to self: Start handing these out WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY sooner next year. Don't assume students will realize they need help and seek it out themselves.
I feel like this post has been pretty negative since I'm focusing on things I should change. So, I want to end with a positive. Having students self-assess at the end of the quiz has been amazing.
Though, I've noticed that many students fill out their self-assessment BEFORE they even take the quiz. Haven't quite figured that one out...