Standards-Based Grading (SBG) is Worth Considering

I tried standards-based grading for a year and a half with three different math classes. My conclusion: it’s a better way to give feedback and assess math students with plenty of pros and a few cons. Ideally, math in school would look fundamentally different. But, if you’re teaching traditional math in a textbook-based, here’s some … [Read more…]

Multiple Choice Problems #1

Final exam week just wrapped up at our school. Let’s consider an honors-level Geometry multiple choice question: Find the area of an equilateral triangle with a side length of 14 inches. Leave in simplest radical form if necessary. (The whole test is with a calculator. Choices below with her answer circled.) Here’s the student’s work: … [Read more…]

Solving High School Math’s Problems

I feel like a lot of people don’t like high school math because they can only remember so many formulae and processes in a particular timed scenario before finally tapping out. Those who can withstand the onslaught of topic after topic and don’t hate it with a burning passion might take an advanced math class … [Read more…]