Articles we had to read throughout the semester

1. Standards Based Grading: FAQ

I think that this reading really sort of cleared some things up for me on the concept of standards based grading. I thought this whole Idea was really confusing but once I read this I understand that it isn’t about standardized testing. It isn’t about coming up with the ONE right answer. It’s about there being multiple problems to do to show that you understand it. Just like our SBG that we do in class. One thing I really like it when it said that grading students on point based grading teaches them more about earning as many points as they possibly can rather than actually learning and truly understanding the material.

2. Paint Bucket Polygons

At first this reading was a little harder for me to follow, but as I read on it got really interesting. I think one of the points they made in the beginning of the reading is a true and interesting one. They said to limit a shape of an octagon to limit it to a stop sign makes students fail to see or recognize all of the irregular octagons. I really agree with this because I know that that I something I still struggle with even today. When I think of a hexagon I think of only the traditional “house shape” I don’t think of the irregular shapes that might also be considered the same. This also ties into the vocabulary prototypical and non-prototypical shapes. I think it is cool too how the teacher allowed the students to really debate and argue with each other to come up with the definition of a polygon? Poly meaning many and gon meaning angles. So they came up with the definition with a geometric shape with many angles. Then students objected to the term many so after further discussion they came up with more than three. I think it is important for a teacher to do that. If a teacher just came right out and told you “a geometric shape with more than three angles” you could forget that easily but after working and struggling to get to the definition with your classmates, it is truly learned.

3. As People get Older they get Taller

The way that they started this lesson out by reading the poem and asking what would be different if you were one inch taller, was genius! I totally loved it I thought that it was an amazing way to ease the students into the lesson plan without making them feels overwhelmed or anxious. After they are done with thinking about growing or shrinking they actually get to measure their friends. I thought that this was really cool too because often times when it comes to measurement you see a teacher give their students things to measure on the paper which I think can be boring. Next they tie it all together by putting it in logical sense with a graph. This is awesome because I think that often times students enjoy doing the fun measuring part by kind of drift off to see what it was that everyone actually collected. After comparing they tested predictions about the height as they got older. I thought the whole thing was very engaging to the students.

4. Oreo Adventures

It seems like the data that this person collected on the case of whether or not Oreo’s are truly double stuffed and what the mega stuff actually means seems to correlate well with the data that we collected as a class. We came up with the conclusion that a double stuffed Oreo was indeed about double stuffed.

1. Standards Based Grading: FAQ

I think that this reading really sort of cleared some things up for me on the concept of standards based grading. I thought this whole Idea was really confusing but once I read this I understand that it isn’t about standardized testing. It isn’t about coming up with the ONE right answer. It’s about there being multiple problems to do to show that you understand it. Just like our SBG that we do in class. One thing I really like it when it said that grading students on point based grading teaches them more about earning as many points as they possibly can rather than actually learning and truly understanding the material.

2. Paint Bucket Polygons

At first this reading was a little harder for me to follow, but as I read on it got really interesting. I think one of the points they made in the beginning of the reading is a true and interesting one. They said to limit a shape of an octagon to limit it to a stop sign makes students fail to see or recognize all of the irregular octagons. I really agree with this because I know that that I something I still struggle with even today. When I think of a hexagon I think of only the traditional “house shape” I don’t think of the irregular shapes that might also be considered the same. This also ties into the vocabulary prototypical and non-prototypical shapes. I think it is cool too how the teacher allowed the students to really debate and argue with each other to come up with the definition of a polygon? Poly meaning many and gon meaning angles. So they came up with the definition with a geometric shape with many angles. Then students objected to the term many so after further discussion they came up with more than three. I think it is important for a teacher to do that. If a teacher just came right out and told you “a geometric shape with more than three angles” you could forget that easily but after working and struggling to get to the definition with your classmates, it is truly learned.

3. As People get Older they get Taller

The way that they started this lesson out by reading the poem and asking what would be different if you were one inch taller, was genius! I totally loved it I thought that it was an amazing way to ease the students into the lesson plan without making them feels overwhelmed or anxious. After they are done with thinking about growing or shrinking they actually get to measure their friends. I thought that this was really cool too because often times when it comes to measurement you see a teacher give their students things to measure on the paper which I think can be boring. Next they tie it all together by putting it in logical sense with a graph. This is awesome because I think that often times students enjoy doing the fun measuring part by kind of drift off to see what it was that everyone actually collected. After comparing they tested predictions about the height as they got older. I thought the whole thing was very engaging to the students.

4. Oreo Adventures

It seems like the data that this person collected on the case of whether or not Oreo’s are truly double stuffed and what the mega stuff actually means seems to correlate well with the data that we collected as a class. We came up with the conclusion that a double stuffed Oreo was indeed about double stuffed.