I made the switch to SBG (Standards Based Grading) this year, and one thing I discovered about my course is that I do not provide nearly enough
scaffolding support for students to study the material in the way that they can best learn it. I saw this across the entire course, but I also saw this on a standard-by-standard basis. Often a student needed to study for a quiz they did poorly on and the best advice I could give was “Study the quiz I gave back to you!”. 
So I decided to edit my class website around the standards and create a page on my website for each standard.
Here’s where I am 7 standards in:
Each webpage looks something like this:
So on it, I (try to) clearly explain what each standard means in terms of “I can” statements. I also have resources for learning and practicing the standard , as well as vocabulary.
Notice that I have both online material and worksheets that students can print off for those who have no internet at home (they have access to computers & a printer throughout the school day while at school). Notice also that (nearly) all of those worksheets have the answers with them.
This summer I intend to continue adding resources, and I have some questions of the MTBoS:
- If you had a website/webpage like this, what else would you provide for your students?
- Are there other good resources for practice or learning that you would include?
- How would you encourage students to use this?
I described my idea to one particularly motivated student of mine and she exclaimed “OMG, why didn’t you do that this year?!?”, to which I had to explain how teachers become better every year. I told her to be thankful she didn’t have me 3 years ago. 🙂
Here are some links to the standards I’ve made so far for my Precalculus class:
- 0.1 Multiplication Facts
- 0.2 Fraction Operations
- 0.3 Exponent Operations
- 0.4 Solving for the Variable
- 0.5 Solving for the Variable in a Fraction
- 0.6 Radicals
- 0.7 Polynomial Operations
- 1.1 Connecting the Four Representations of a Function
I plan on working on this tool over the summer. It will do several things for me:
- Organize my materials as a teacher for other teachers to use.
- Focus on what “Proficiency” and “Mastery” means on each topic I teach (by working out the “I can” statements) .
- Help me learn the textbook that was new this year to my class, and which I used very little.
As always, thank you for reading and providing feedback, MTBoS!
 When I hear scaffolding, this is what I think of. Besides, that’s an edu-jargon term.
 This isn’t bad advice, but it also shouldn’t be the best I can do.
 Yes, that’s Khan Academy that you see there because I believe that KA can be a good resource. No, it don’t in any way replace good teaching, but for some students and some topics, it can be extremely helpful.
 These standards are subject to change, so please give advice to me if you see something funny about them as well.
 I hope to look at standards that other states provide, as well as “breakdowns of the standards”. Those things never interested me before SBG.