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  • Brian Arnot

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    December 10, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Thanks for sharing the routines for reasoning book. This could really help me to be more intentional about teaching those practices and helping my struggling students find success.

  • Brian Arnot

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    July 24, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    What grade level do you teach? I teach 8th grade math and algebra and have done 3 act math tasks for my 8th grades, used U-cubed inspirational math for the last couple of years and am looking at implementing vertical surfaces uses the wipebooks that were advertised on this site.

  • Brian Arnot

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    July 10, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Your grading policy is interesting and close to what I have been working on. Although for my class we talk about meeting standard or not and then grades are based on how many standards you met for the term. If you meet all standards or all standards but one then you get an A. For every standard you don’t meet after that it lowers your grade by a letter. I have between 5 – 7 standards each term.

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    My school unfortunately does not have built in intervention time to our school day. This is something that we are starting to bring up with administrators as my building continues to have grading conversations and concerns about student engagement.

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    Have you seen the Facebook group Teachers going gradeless or the twitter chat #tg2chat? They share many of the grading ideas that you are talking about.

  • Brian Arnot

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    July 9, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    I also teach 8th grade math and Algebra. My main reason for signing up for this academy was to find ways to address the lack of engagement from some of my 8th grade students that have not been successful in math in the past. I like the idea of spiraling but am trying to figure out how to do it without overwhelming them in content. I want them to notice and wonder and dive deeper into the math. I have been using 3 Act Math problems for a couple of years but only a few times each year. I also want to explore Desmos more as I think they have engaging activities that will engage my students.

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    Good luck on your journey and let me know if you would like to bounce ideas off of me.

  • Brian Arnot

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    July 8, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I was listening to this podcast last night and one key question that I am trying to sort out is how will you assess the students learning? 

    I have been using standards based grading with my 8th grade and algebra classes for about 9 years now. So students receive separate grades for each standard and each unit test has between 2 – 4 standards on it. Our assessment cycle is still similar to units so Summative assessments occur about every 3 – 5 weeks, with a Trimester Final covering all standards from that term every 12 weeks.

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