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A Google Tool For Schools Final Project

Posted on August 15th, 2014

If anyone who reads this could give me some feedback on this project I created for the Google Tools for Schools workshop I am in this summer, I would be in your debt. I have never really done anything too transformative with my AP Calculus course and chose this as the course to use as the focus for this project.

Here is the GTFS Project <link> This is very much like a lesson plan.

Here is the student end of the project.<link>

I need to show evidence that I have shared this work with someone by Wednesday 8/20.

Using this Google Form will help me to provide evidence:

Thanks in advance.

Thinking Out Loud about SBG

Posted on June 30th, 2013

I’ve spent the morning reading Shawn’s SBG manifesto <link> and began reading Kelly’s <link> thinking about how the assessment items should complex, assessing 3 – 4 standards. I also just returned to Jonathan’s page and looked at some of his assessment items. The couple I have looked at are not assessing more than one standard at a time, e.g. evaluating a piece-wise defined function.

What is the best way to go, more focused single focused questions or rich (and difficult) problems? I suspect the truth is a combination of the two.

Both Shawn and Kelly are teaching pretty high powered students looking at what and where they are teaching.  I want to implement SBG in a class that has low achieving students. I’ll be willing to bet, based on previous years, 1/3 will have learning plans.  I’m not complaining as I seriously do like accommodating and adjusting to meet students learning needs. This always benefits students that do not have learning plans.  I think I can do this better with single standard questions.

Another tool that I think will help to assess where students need help is using some kind of online HW system. Something that regenerates problems with different numbers. This requres the student demonstrate understanding. This kind of HW can’t be copied from a neighbor. I don’t see any reason NOT to include this as part of a student’s grade. I’m talking about something like I’ll have to dig deeper to see if it has enough problems for this IM Data course. I have been using MOM and the Lippmann text <link> for both my HS and CC courses. I’m liking it.

I still can’t get away from thinking there is great benefit in learning how to solve a problem using an algorithm as then maybe you can apply it to a more complex problem. If you don’t have a toolkit, you can’t build anything.  Knowing the algorithm can help to us to solve more complex problems. Granted, the algorithm will not in itself help us but having as a tool to use may help us to break a problem up into solvable chunks.

Using weighted categories instead of total points is also weighing on my mind. I like to think that the way I have assigned point values to graded work does essentially the same thing, but maybe not.

Planning already

Posted on June 29th, 2013

I’ve begun looking at the CCSS HS Statistics and Probability standards in preparation for my Math Credit Factory  IM Data course I’ll teach again this fall. What prompted this early start? @rawrdimus wrote about using Interactive Notebooks and SBG <link> That is the best thing about #MTBos:We can find motivation from each other.

My local math department spent inservice time this last year learning how to write #SBU . To do this we spent some time looking at the CCSS HS Math content standards. As an allegory, I was cutting up some storm damage this week:

One big unusable piece

All Split

All Split up into usable pieces


I made the connection that to get started using the CCSS, you first have to get into it and split that document apart into usable pieces.

The next question that arose for me is: What do some of the standards mean? I tweeted our State Math person and she helped, but I figured that there had to be a forum or a more permanent way to ask those kind of questions.

I did some bookmark searching and came up with No forums there but they do have some “approved” sample tasks that elicits math to help assess the specific standard. It isn’t all fleshed out yet so I emailed them and someone emailed back and sent me to where Bill McCallum is encouraging posts in his forums <link> You have to register to post a question.

Just thought someone might like to know this is available.