Survived the second and last day of PD. School starts on Monday!
I don't feel like I was very productive today. I did a lot of stuff, but I'm not sure I finished a lot of stuff. I did finalize what my students will be doing on Day 1, so I guess that's a win. I've been struggling to figure out what to do with my Physical Science class. I'm emphasizing group work in my classroom this year, so I've planned a lot of activities from Elizabeth Cohen's Designing Groupwork (affiliate link to 2nd Edition / 3rd Edition) for my math classes. These are activities that reinforce norms for group work.
I can't use them with my physical science class, though, because all but one of my physical science students are also enrolled in one of my math classes. This means I need an entirely different approach to the first week of school for this class. Today, it dawned on me that I can do all of the activities with them that I'd love to do with my math classes but haven't found a way to fit in. I haven't found a way to fit them in because there are just SO many awesome ideas out there!
I've got a lot of work cut out for me this weekend to make sure I feel ready for next week.
Anyway...I also want to post my newest poster to my blog today. :)
This year, I have decided to switch from my A/B/Not Yet SBG scale to a 1-4 SBG scale. When I tweeted about stopping A/B/Not Yet, I got several questions about why I was making this decision. I absolutely loved the A/B/Not Yet system. But, it was so hard to get students and parents to wrap their mind around my intentions. Students would describe the system to their parents, and then I would hear parents describe the system back to me. What I would hear would not even be remotely close to how the system actually worked.
A/B/Not Yet was actually based on a 1-4 SBG scale. "A" was equivalent to a 4. "B" was equivalent to a 3 or 3.5. "Not Yet" was equivalent to a 1 or 2. I thought that by renaming it "A/B/Not Yet" would help students who have never been exposed to SBG understand it. But, I think use of "A" and "B" might have just confused the matter.
So, here's my new grading scale. Thanks goes to my husband for coming up with the descriptors. I edited my "What should my answer look like?" posters to make SBG posters.
I've uploaded the files here if you're interested. The fonts are Wellfleet and Caviar Dreams.