Our math team will be implementing SBG in our courses this school year. With 4 weeks to go until school starts, I tackled the task of creating a rubric for my sixth graders. The idea for my rubric was totally borrowed from MissCalcul8 and her post here. Thanks to Mathy McMatherson for directing me there! I will be using a four point grading scale, with the addition of a score of zero for answers that are blank.
This year, I will have a number of seventh/eighth grade student assistants in my class to help as math peer tutors and technology helpers. They will be a great help throughout the year, especially as we roll out 20+ iPads in October! I bring them up, because they are the reason for the ninja badge idea. Since they will serve as technology experts in my classroom as well, I also will be pushing them to develop some new skills. If you read my last post, you probably know that I love using Google tools in the classroom.
So, the rubric above is a start for me on setting up my SBG system. I still need to think about how to apply this to projects. I am tempted to just record scores for those projects on the 1-4 continuum. Will students not take it seriously with the “low point” value? Other classes will continue to give them 50 or 100 point projects. I like the idea of keeping the score/points low, so that students do not play the points game. In a SBG classroom, that game is already much harder to play, because everything counts towards proficiency of the material.
Additionally, I would like to go through the common core for sixth grade math and connect the rubric to each standard. What would this look like? Possible a math example of what each level looks like for that standard? Or, maybe a one-liner describing what a score of 2, 3, etc. would show as far as understanding? So, many question marks as I get started here. What do you do?
I want to make the change as simple as possible on the students, with the expectation that a grading system like this puts a lot more responsibility on individuals as they track their progress and improve their understanding.