Question Mark Answers

We played Jeopardy today in class (with some major upsets coming during final Jeopardy...quite exciting) to review atoms and the periodic table organization. It's a super-short chapter that sets up a foundation for bonding, naming, and chemical reactions. It's also nice because it's mostly review (or should be) of 8th grade physical science. There's stillRead More

Expanding the SBG Tracking Gradebook

I mentioned Evan Weingberg's standards-based tracking system in a short snippet a couple weeks back. I want to expand on that thought a little bit. Essentially, he uses a Google Sheet to aggregate quiz performance to make sure standards are actually learned over time. This has been incredibly valuable to me because I felt thatRead More

Don’t Call it a Sheep

Test prep is becoming more insidious. Rather than being outright drill-and-kill for the multiple choice marathon students are forced to take, now it masquerades as "critical thinking skill development" and "article analysis." We've spent the last few months at school designing writing prompts based on articles. We then had the students read the articles, discussRead More