July 25, 2015

Testing, Testing... 1...2...3...

Anyone still out there?

So much happened last year that blogging fell by the way side. I implemented 1:1 laptops and attempted PBL units. I transitioned my algebra 1 classes to standards based grading. I began a full load of graduate coursework towards my administration certification. I took on more leadership roles in my building. All in all, it was a fantastic year! I just miss my blogging and my MTBoS people!

Well, this post can obviously not capture everything from last year so here are my highlights.

#1: I attended EdCampNWA with my awesome coworkers and friends. It was fantastic!!


#2: I helped grow WILDCATS. Our mascot is the wildcat and we charge our students with being Welcoming, Involved, Leading, Dependable, Cooperative, Ambitious, Teachable, and Serving. As you can see from the pictures below, I embraced this idea including some very large letters on my wall! :) Throughout the year students did "Wildcat Shout-outs" and recognized each other for their wildcat traits. The bottom picture in this clustering is a bunch of Wildcat Shout-outs ready for the Friday drawing.




#3: I revamped my syllabus {modeled obviously after Rob Patin's} and now I LOVE it! Yes, there are some strategically placed smudges on the image below.




#4: I embraced standards-based grading in algebra 1 and will never go back. Sure, my system wasn't perfect, but my students had more of a growth mindset and sought out ways to further their learning. They were also able to communicate their strengths and weaknesses related to content. It was fabulous!! {My ninja's are straight from Mr. Bowdoin's work. I take zero credit for their cuteness.}
#5: Changing to standards-based grading also enhanced my understanding and constant awareness of the content. Yes, I helped write the district curriculum. Yes, I stay fairly up to date regarding best practices. But nothing has grown my understanding and connections of the content like standards-based grading. The images below are from the binder I created for myself. Maybe I'll come back and share it sometime.



 I will try not to be gone for 14 months this time. Oops...

13 comments:

  1. Your SBG rubric made me giggle. I'd love to see a detailed post on your SBG process and how it's all going.

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  2. So super happy to see you in my bloglovin'!

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  3. Looks great! You are a rock star for our district!

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  4. Looks great! You are a rock star for our district!

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  5. Thank you for sharing EVERYTHING!! I am new to 7th grade this year (after 16 years in elementary 3rd & 4th). I wanted to start using ISN this year and have completely switched gears! You are an inspiration for me since I will have an Algebra 1 class this year! I will be following your blog like it's my job! Thanks also for mentioning Sarah Rubin's blog...she has also been very helpful!

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  6. I just started teaching 6th-8th grade math, and your blog is so helpful! I hope to see more from you this year. I'd love to read more about your SBG process.

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  7. Thanks for everything you post! I am incorporating interactive notebooks and your posts are amazingly helpful. Getting geared up for standards based grading as well and would love to see more from your binder and how it is all going.

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  8. Are you on Twitter? I wish you consider putting your Algebra I standards based grading for sale! I am so interested in this! I would buy this in a heartbeat!

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  9. I would also love to see some of your SBG work. I am looking for other algebra teachers who might be willing to share assessments

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  10. Mrs. Hester,
    I am delving into standards based grading with 8th grade math and would LOVE to see what you have. Your blog is so inspiring and so amazing!!

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  11. Late on the life here but I love your blog. Love. It. I hope you come back and share more!

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  12. Late on the life here but I love your blog. Love. It. I hope you come back and share more!

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  13. Do you have a templete for your syllabus?

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