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!”. [2]

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 [3], 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[4]:

- 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) [5].
- 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!

[1] When I hear scaffolding, this is what I think of. Besides, that’s an edu-jargon term.

[2] This isn’t *bad* advice, but it also shouldn’t be the best I can do.

[3] 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.

[4] These standards are subject to change, so please give advice to me if you see something funny about them as well.

[5] I hope to look at standards that other states provide, as well as “breakdowns of the standards”. Those things never interested me before SBG.