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.


  1. So simple I love it. I always use 3.5 but never had it officially listed. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love this and am looking forward to using this in my classes! ( I did edit it to fit my needs, and if you want a copy of that, I can email it to you.) Do you have this made into a notebook insert that students can put in their notebooks to remind them what their quiz grades mean?

  3. Did this work better for you? Did you still require retakes for 1&2?

    1. It did! I don't require retakes for 1s and 2s, but I strongly suggest it to students since they are failing grades.

  4. Thanks for sharing this article and I appreciate you for doing it. Posters are used in every events and I used handmade posters in my university events. But For large billboard, Adshel posters in Darwin are widely used which is printed with colorful design.

  5. Oh this grading system is really unique to get on. Usually the 1s and 2s will create problems. But new things give a new energetic excitement to do the work. Your adshel poster is also looking good enough. Make the changes.