Math = Love: New SBG Posters

## Friday, August 19, 2016

### New SBG Posters

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.