Thursday , 22 February 2018
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Understanding Standards-Based Grading and Asking… “Why Haven’t We Been Doing This All Along?”

We are hearing more and more about Standards-Based Grading (SBG) in schools and educational outlets across the nation.  Even though there is a great deal of information out there regarding SBG and why it should drive our grading practices, there is less information out there to guide teachers, specifically secondary teachers, about how this practice should look in their classroom.  For you novices out there, I offer you this analogy to help you grasp the premise of SBG.

SBG Bike Analogy

This graphic really provides a basic understanding of SBG using an analogy we can all relate to… riding a bike.  Think about your classroom standards and objectives individually.  You have students who have mastered some objectives but not others.  Using SBG, you can strategically develop lessons to meet students right where they are and articulate to them and their parents where they need additional support and practice.  This article in Educational Leadership provides some reasons why SBG helps us differentiate and meet the demands of our curriculum with more and more students.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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