A Quick Share

I finally had the time to sit down and create the quick form that I have been looking for from other people.  I know some people embed their SBG scale right underneath each problem on their assessments but because my standards are mixed up in a lot that we do, I felt like I needed a separate sheet to communicate to students their progress towards mastery of a standard.  I use the scale that Chris Robinson uses in his class (Red, Yellow, Green) however my levels mean something different.  It is also something similar to Kelly O’Shea’s idea. (Mastery, Developing Mastery, No Mastery, No Data).

0 (which is not on the color scale)= has basically left the entire assessment blank and didn’t even try. No Data

Red= no progress towards mastery. No mastery shown.

Yellow=shown progress towards mastery (approaching mastery of this standard, but you need more practice to really meet mastery) Developing mastery

Green=mastery of this standard (you may be asked to show mastery at any time in the year) Mastery Shown.

Depending on the standards being assessed I will change the size of the list.  I will attach this on the front of their assessments after I give them feedback and they will use this to fill in their standards tracking sheet (kept in their notebooks).

I am not sure how this will work but tomorrow is the first go at it and I will be back to update you on the status of the functionality of this sheet.  Feel free to use this sheet or share other ideas/forms or to change this one and share your better idea with us.


SBG Recording Methods: Wants VS Reality

Now that quarter 1 is over and I will be submitting student’s earned grades soon I wanted to give a little update on my SBG progress.

Below is my list of wants that I mentally made at the beginning of the year while getting ready for SBG:

  • Use Blueharvest to keep students/parents updated on students progress towards meeting standards.
  • Use Blueharvest to keep examples of students meeting standards (i.e. notebook pics, conversations, etc)
  • Communicate with parents/students electronically about progress in class.
  • Students specifically aware of standards being taught and assessed (more aware of their learning)
  • Students correct own assessments (@fnoschese’s idea seen here)

Here is my reality check list:

  • Most student’s can’t use Blueharvest because they don’t have email or computers at home.
  • Computers in my classroom are broken and I don’t have enough for students to use within the 50 min time period of lesson/learning
  • Student’s are really keen on taking pictures of their notebooks with an iPad, phone or other electronic device for evidence but I have no system in place in order to upload to Blueharvest or Threering.
  • Parents don’t have email either and they don’t even have phones at home let alone internet to keep in contact about student progress.
  • Students are VERY into their learning and are way more aware of what they are learning and the level at which they are learning a standard or benchmark.
  • No way close to students correcting their own assessments.
  • Not using enough assessments for students to show learning progress.

I feel like a failure!  But seems like I set myself up for that.  Look at that list of WANTS…I mean really!  This is the first year I am doing this and I wanted to accomplish all that.  After reading Frank’s Keep It Simple Post I wish I would have ran into this BEFORE my year started.  So now I am reassessing my list to improve on the failures and I have come up with this:

  • Use some form of progress tracking on paper (because my students don’t have access to technology they need)
  • Give the option for students with technology to use Blueharvest (I have some students that really want to use it)
  • Upload all evidence for students using Blueharvest or  Threering (haven’t decided yet)
  • Give a type of assessment (exit card, quiz, homework) once a week (no more than 3-5 questions) to give students more opportunities to display progress towards meeting standards.
  • Take it one step at a time so I don’t feel like a failure.

Student Tracking Sheet for SBG Learning Targets

Here is the checklist I created for students to keep track of their learning targets:

Learning target checklist

While I created it in Pages, the idea was stolen from Dan Meyer and others.  The circles are for “stop-lighting” their progress on the learning targets.

  • Bottom Circle — Red — Need major work to show proficiency
  • Middle Circle — Yellow — Need minor work to show proficiency
  • Greed Circle — Green — You got it!
  • Square — Stamp or sticker — This is to track mastery after they have repeatedly showed proficiency on the learning target

Of course, on the learning target quiz, I assign a color and give feedback for each learning target.  I would love to know what you think about this approach.