My grading sales pitch
Today, I filmed me discussing the grading guidleines for my physics course with my students, in case anyone was interested in seeing how I sell SBG, and in particular, how I went about explaining the purpose of Capstones to them.
Here’s the video:
Overall, I think it went well, but I probably went on for too long, and definitely used too many sports analogies. This is actually a real opportunity to revisit some of the understandings of my students and draw out their skills to help them relate to this approach.
The fun part of this is I think my students helped me to clarify a number of ideas about this policy in our discussion—particularly how capstones should behave when you haven’t mastered all of the standards. We came up with what I think is a very fair approach. Anytime you haven’t mastered all of the standards, Capstones are instantly reduced in value to 1pt each on a student’s pre-exam average. Once a student masters all of the concepts again, capstones are restored to the previous values (max of 3pts/each). So this gives students the proper incentives to focus on shoring up the fundamentals, rather than getting too distracted by flashy projects that they might not fully understand.
The slides are a bit hard to see, so here they are as well:
As always, if you are kind enough to watch this, I would appreciate any feedback you might have.