Alright already – I am intrigued if not yet convinced I can do it. You math bloggers out there are really getting to me. I know this – I hate the current method of grading. I am forever tweaking at the end to give each child the grade that I believe matches their understanding. Kids in the middle I can’t help – but kids on the edge are why I am up until 2am working on grades at report card time.
Can I do it? I don’t know! With all new subjects (and grade levels) it will be like I am going to be a first year teacher again in the fall. But this time I have three kids who are heavily involved in sports and an equally busy husband.
The Good – I am in a private school so we do not have “standards” like the public school. So, I will refer to it as “Concept-Based Assessment”. I love the idea of the concept based assessment. I love the idea that my students and I will know what concept each of them need work on. I already made my list of concepts I would like to cover for 7th grade.
The Bad – I already made my list of concepts I would like to cover for 7th grade and I have almost 50!! I loved doing this however bc it really laid the year out before my eyes and made me determine what was the most crucial to cover and what was not as important.
The Ugly – I don’t know how this will fly with my school or students. I don’t know if I can keep up with the constant retesting that this seems to require while planning two new classes. I may even do this in tandem for a while to see how it is working before jumping off of the cliff.
I made my first concept based assessment today. It really felt TOO short. I am a bit torn. My ratio change has to be priority number one this year. But I would really like to give this a stab as well.
Yes, as usual I am spiraling towards the “biting off more that I can chew” year. Business as usual for me! 🙂