Friday, May 29, 2015

Displaying Student Work

I don't do enough of this (see title). But I'm trying.

I used..

  • string, 
  • mini-clothes pins (seriously, they're the size of my fingerprint)
  • two tacks
  • a pile of graded work. 

And today, ta-da!, I made a display. Maybe pictures later. :)

I got the idea from my sister who did the same thing in her classroom. She said administrators always compliment it. I like the idea of being able to display work without ruining it by stapling through it or taping it. It's also going to be really easy to change out work.

Next step.. figure out a good pun to title it with. LOADS of learning? The original Pintrest?

Anyone have ideas out there?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Student First

Just a quick rant. I've noticed a few people -- overheard on the train, people not in education -- saying "special needs students." Probably anyone reading this knows, but please use student first language. The term "student with special needs" puts students first. Humans first.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Google Sites

I attended Eduonair this weekend.

I've been focused on how to organize my google site to be intuitive so that students can easily get started,discover, learn, practice and prove a skill, then flow into the next skill.

My the first takeaway I'm working on incorporating is to switch from a vertical to horizontal nav bar.

If anyone reading has an flipped, blended or other digital classroom that they have a template I might be able to copy or take ideas from.. I would love to see what you've done. FYI, my school is standards based, so if you also have that format, I'd really love to see what you've done!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Standards Based Grading

I've only ever used standards based grading as a teacher, and I don't know how I would go back to the traditional grading I experienced as a student.

Making math classes standards-based seems easier than other content areas, (according to what I hear from co-workers). Our school uses 2 assignments per outcome (our vernacular for "standard"), 10 outcomes per term. Outcomes over the trimesters are numbered 1-30, to remind students that math builds on prior knowledge. Passing a term requires passing 7 outcomes, each with at least 70%.  (Yes, I've done the math and know this means students can pass knowing only 49% of the material. Also, students can pass the state tests with a raw score of 39% in the same course content. Maybe there's too much to cover? I'm torn about this.)

Students understand that if they achieve mastery in an outcome, they know how to do what the outcome says. Each lesson, each exit ticket is printed with the corresponding outcome in the heading. The two weighted assignments are a quiz and project for each outcome. The "project" is often a complex problem, sometimes a packet, and too seldom, a true project. (However, I would like to get students making media for our online classroom, and that's a project idea we could use.)

Monday, May 4, 2015


By blogging and sharing with other professionals in the mathblogosphere (#MTBoS), we can reflect on our own practice and become inspired by the ideas of others.

I'm not quite sure how to get started. But I know it's a good idea.

So here's my math blog. Day 1.