"Mary Lou, I just came across this old thread, and am sorry to hear that you lost out on something that you love and something that seems like it was a good measure of actual student learning and progression.
I think I might try to implement…"
"I'm sorry to hear that. I get so focused on the negatives of dealing with the standardized test that we have in almost every subject here in VA that I never thought of standardization in a place that doesn't have state history tests. Ugh."
Thanks for sharing your story. It is terrible, but I believe needs to be shared. Could I have permission to share this on my blog? I will quote you unless you would prefer to be anonymous. I think people need to hear the negative effects…"
"I will look and see if I can find that old list. But I have to confess, you are bringing up a sore subject for me. After a decade on the job, I thought I have finally hit on a great system. The skills. the skill progress chart, etc. made the subject…"
"I'm reviving this topic- is anyone using SBG in social studies that has more to share?
I like the idea of skills, it makes sense to me. I've long struggled to try and implement SBG (and actually gave up for a couple of years) because of…"
"Mary Lou - I'd love to see that list if you have access to it now. We're going to teach backwards from the Haitian Revolution to "world religions" so I think doing a skills list grading system would be awesome. Thanks!"
"I like hearing your approach. My school assesses a few skills separately from content (work effort, communication, and collaboration are 10% each of total grade) and the content is 70%. I want to/need to assess them specifically on the content…"
"Wow...I think this will be challenging for the older material. For the history that I teach (1800-present) I rely on news accounts of the day for the "facts" of the matter...as well as primary sources.
Did a really…"
"I do standards reporting, but differently. My standards are the 13 "skills" that I keep assessing using different content that I teach. When I give a test each question has a note under it that explains what skill is being tested.…"
I am planning to use sbar in my World History class in the fall. I am looking to connect with others who have used sbar in the social studies classroom who will share their successes and pitfalls. I am also looking for people interesting in sharing their list of standards. Mine are a work in progress here.See More