The day is not over so I have not already messed up the month of blogging 🙂
I’ve been toying with the idea of Standards Based Grading. I would be a lone wolf in my school (which I have been assured by other previous lone wolves that I will survive). I am on cycle to be observed this year (which only scares me a little as I have tenure but the scary part is our administration has almost completely changed). I already “believe” and practice some of the attributes including retesting (although I have limited retests to ONCE as opposed to unlimited) and elimination of almost all homework (which I don’t know if it is an actual attribute of SBG/SBL but seems to flow from it from what I have read). In my heart, I want to do it sooooo bad. But my brain is like “Jackie, just do what you know and it will be an easy year. That SBG/SBL/SBR stuff is gonna be a lot of work. Take it a little easy as you have had it rough for a while”. Brain is right but I want to go with my heart. I wish I had someone else doing it with me. I need guidance on these “concept lists”. I need help with what goes on an assessment and the record keeping. I need assurance from someone that this is totally viable and that I will have good answers to the push back I might receive from students and parents. Also, given that so many of my students are so far behind Geometry ready, I am afraid that some of the concept lists might be beyond them. I’m co-teaching so I know that if we undertake this initiative, I’ve gotta believe with my whole heart or my co-teacher won’t want to buy what I am selling.
I was looking back through my old Twitter feed and I’ve been hemming and hawing about this since like 2014. I didn’t do it then because I got pregnant and being pregnant and teaching is ENOUGH (like seriously, I do get to say that as I got OBSERVED while I was in labor and earned an “excellent”). But now, I have no excuse, except for the ones outlined above.
Is this really blog worthy? I don’t know, but it is what is on my mind and it feels better to put this out into the world.