The end of the year is fast approaching, which prompts continual reflection for me. I can honestly say I have no regrets. I wouldn’t change anything, I would only make adjustments.
Standards Based Grading
Provide a rubric and explanation of the standards for parents in terms they can understand.
Incorporate the observation rubric more. Less papers you have to grade for formative assignments (required by district).
Emphasize backwards design. This will help determine what needs to be emphasized “instructionally” and what does not. This will also help me balance conceptual understanding with procedural fluency.
Have 3 options for demonstration of understanding. Make it quick (use of technology), concise and manageable (this I’m still thinking through).
Incorporate more of it. Think of building conceptual understanding and practice like tasty lemonade, it has to have the right blend of lemonade flavor, sugar and water. Conceptual understanding, problem solving and practice or procedural fluency.
Be more consistent and don’t be afraid to try with all classes.
Don’t get stuck on having accountability pieces.
Always remember we are teaching mathematics so it can be applied outside of the school setting as well. We are developing thinkers and problem solvers. Students (and parents) may be resistant in the beginning, which could be due to their inability to see the big picture. We must still push on, plant the seeds and water our crops. Teach without regrets, reflect and make adjustments.
This post dedicated to Pam White.