As a part of my Edutopia reading practice, I came upon the following post:
In the post, she recommends a process of
- Looking back on the year so far and acknowledge all you have done
- Determining areas your like to grow
- Draft a plan to accomplish those goals
- Hold yourself accountable to these goals
So, I'm taking some time today to look at steps 1 and 2 as I reflect on the first half of this school year.
Changes in Learning and Assessment
- Started the year with new collaborative seating arrangement.
- Students completed a Personal Learning Preference sheet on the first day of class and revisited it during the course
- Unlike last year, I began AP Physics by giving students options for demonstrating mastery from unit 1.
- As the year went on I transformed the student portfolio into a vehicle to submit course artifacts for grading rather than simply a place for reflection.
- I set up my online gradebook to be categorized by objectives. Each objective was a grading category and the final category was Success Skills. These included content objectives and science skills. I graded all of these objectives on a rubric 0 - 4 scale.
- I switched over to an integer grading scale 0 - 4 in my grade book, rather than points.
- This year we implemented our first large scale Project Based Learning assignment. I brought outside speakers into class first time as a part of this project.
- As a part of our summative assessment in AP Physics for our sound unit, Students ventured out to teach 4th graders the science of sound with demonstrations and interactive lectures.
- Peer reviews in Canvas
- Used pear deck as new tech tool
- Learned more about explain everything
- Students generated their own progress reports which were sent home to parents
- Gave students options for practice work
What am I struggling to accomplish?
It's tough making sure that students are being asked to take their learning beyond the simple understandings. I really want to push them to deeper application. And, hold them more accountable for it.
Where do I continue to need help?
Making sure the narrative of the learning is clear for students. I don't want the learning in my class to be a series of unconnected events.
As I begin to plan for term 3, I am going to work on revisiting my objective rubrics. I plan to rewrite them specifically with Costa's Levels of Questioning as my guide. I am positive this will be a future blog post.