It’s the last day before all teachers have to go back. And I head into school in the afternoon.
I thought I’d be the only one, but I was (pleasantly?) surprised to see a handful of other teachers already back. I met a few more, including the Math Dept chair, and got to work printing/making more posters for my classroom.
Or I would have except that the internet went down for about an hour and a half, so I couldn’t use Google Drive and couldn’t see any of my files to print anything.
Fortunately it came back on and I was able to print the last of my papers, but I’m going to have to wait for someone to laminate them before putting them up, which means back-to-school night (which happens tomorrow!) will involve my classroom being bare unless someone laminates it tomorrow.
Meanwhile I think I’m going to have to convince the math department to even let me allow reassessments in my classroom. I think I’ll make a short list of my top reasons why students should be allowed to reassess on quizzes/tests, which is intricately tied to SBG for me.
- The parachute graph from this post.
- By not allowing retakes, we’re saying “all students should learn at the same rate”, which is not true. If you don’t even allow quiz corrections, then we’re saying “don’t worry about the content of this quiz, on the score”.
- Oh, and the “but they don’t do it at the next level” is bananas. The most important tests you will take allow “retakes”: SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, Medical Boards, Law Bars, Driver’s License, Pilot’s License. Sure, it might cost more money, but you can retake it and ignore your previous score.
I’ve got those as my “top 3”. I could find/think of more, but I might not have much time to explain my reasoning and want to get to the core of why I would like students to be allowed to reassess.
Meanwhile I’m reading up on how to do SBG when you’re not allowed to. An encouraging read!
So there’s the list of things I’d like to do to get ready for back-to-school night, but again feel like my hands are tied. Can’t make my room look nice because I can’t use the laminator. Can’t make a syllabus because our principal asked us to wait. Apparently http://www.Remind.com is used widely in our school, so I’m going to wait before I print off 110 of the explanations of how to join, and hopefully only need to write the code up on the board and only print a few sheets for the newer students. So here’s a list of things I’d like to do sometime tomorrow once I get the go-ahead from the various sources.
- Decorate my room more.
- Create/print class rules.
- Get http://www.remind.com codes put up somewhere.
- Be ready to hand out information about Mathcounts.
- Print off something to encourage parents to help their children “talk more math“.
- Think about what else I want to tell parents and students on a night a week before school starts.
Here’s my room as it is now.
Yay: I got many whiteboards up on the walls. Unfortunately that add no color to the room and it still looks awful. Maybe I can talk about how the desks are arranged and I want the students to do more collaborative work. We’ll see!
 After the internet came back on, I turned “offline mode” on for my classroom computer. I hadn’t thought of this before, but it makes sense that this is a computer-by-computer setting.
 Teachers can’t use the laminator.
 I heard many of these ideas from Rick Wormeli.
 I have so many students this year that I’m thinking of requiring students to bring in a “proof of study/practice” as a “payment” in order to retake a quiz.
 Haven’t done this yet as it goes along with the “don’t make a syllabus yet” instructions.
 Perhaps I could put that blog up as a QR code. Perhaps I could put up several QR codes while the parents & students are in my room!