Posted in PREPARE

Student Portfolios

The PREPARE team met last week, and there is so much interesting work happening through this group. From community service, to collaboration between CTE and Math to infuse coding in geometry, to external mentorships for our Nano students, when you listen to this group talk, it makes you proud to be a Wheeling Wildcat!

While these projects are big entities that may not really impact our day-to-day instruction, there is a group of teachers on this team focused on exploring Redefining Ready! One thing this team is discussing is the use of student portfolios to document growth. Continue reading “Student Portfolios”

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Posted in LEARN

Increasing Student Engagement

The LEARN team met last week, but with the really short week combined with some sick Kinnee kids, I am just getting around to blogging about it now. I know you have been WAITING for this email to come to your inbox!

The LEARN team is for any teachers to join, and the focus is to study the Danielson rubric to improve our own professional practice. This week, 3 different teams met with 3 different focuses: student OWNERSHIP, student ENGAGEMENT, and formative and summative ASSESSMENT.

I am not going to write about all 3 of these topics in this blog entry because it would be too long. If you are a teacher in 214 reading this and want to join our schoology page to access the LEARN team resources, here is the join code: HP9WS-XQ7BM.

Today, I am just going to focus on student engagement. We KNOW student engagement is important! We KNOW it leads to increased student learning! We WANT students to be engaged in our classes! But, sometimes it feels like that is really, really hard to make happen. Continue reading “Increasing Student Engagement”

Posted in LEAD

Making the Jump to SBG

We have officially entered into fall, and our feet are metaphorically “wet” with Standards Based Grading. This Tuesday, the LEAD team met and discussed our progress towards our building goals in both heterogenous and homogenous groups. Many of these conversations focused around SBG: How is it going? What has changed in your class? How are you managing your grade book? What successes have you had? Challenges? 

Jamie Karavouzis had some powerful insights into how to make this system work in her grade book. Like many, she has an “essential skills” category set up, and in this category, there are just 5 assignments (1 for each essential skill). The students have several attempts to show mastery of each skill. As they progress, their grade for this single assignment changes (instead of her just adding grade after grade and computing an average). Continue reading “Making the Jump to SBG”