My first SBG units

Yesterday I wrotes about the reasons I’m experimenting with Standards Based Grading this term. Today I want to show how I’m planning to implement SBG in my classroom.

Because I was away in the last week of last term, we weren’t able to finish our unit on Pythagoras’ Theorem before the holidays. Because I was already planning to introduce SBG this term, I had already produced a list of skills and given them to the students before I left on the Year 7 & 8 camp.

Whenever I plan a unit (even before SBG), I like to copy the relevant standards and content descriptions from AusVELS, so I can clearly understand what I’m working towards:

Pythag AusVELS standards

I normally like to include content from levels above and below our year level, so I can cater for that range of student experience and ability. However, Pythagoras only starts at Level 9 in the Australian Curriculum, so I don’t have any previous levels this time.

From there I decided on my SBG skill list:

Pythag skill list

This week we did our first quiz, which I’m planning to do regularly on Thursdays. I’m enjoying being able to write questions that directly test each of the skills. I also like being able to set less questions while being able to demand higher quality responses from my students. Here’s one of the questions on that quiz, including a box for marking against the relevant skill:

Pythag quiz question

I have finished “content teaching” for Pythagoras’ Theorem, so we are just starting a new unit on Expanding and Factorising. I like the scope that SBG gives to retesting skills, so I plan to include skills from both units in this week’s quiz. For the new unit I also have my AusVELS standards:

Expand Factorise AusVELS

And my skill list:

Expand Factorise skills

So there we are, my first attempts at SBG. I’m sure this will need a lot of refinement over time. If anyone with more experience with SBG wants to give me any pointers or ideas, I would really appreciate it!