I teach physics. And math. But mostly physics.

2015-26 will be my 4th year as a full time physics teacher, and while everything changes all the time, this is going to be the year for some serious changes to something of either great or zero importance, depending on who you ask – grading policy. This blog will catalog my installation of Standards Based Grading in AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, and AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism.
This is a blog for me as well as you; to help me remember the things I think at the end of class that start with “next year, I”ll…” or “I wish I had…” It will also serve as a record of the successes and failures I encounter along this seismic shift in grading policy. I’ll also record here all the documents that I use, and their inevitable amendments and errata.So, why? I hate grading. I assign tests knowing what the grade distribution will be before I give them. I grade quizzes knowing that I spend more time grading them than the students spend taking them. I grade labs… *shudder*… I know that with the grading system I have used in the past (points and categories assigned to each assignment, categories weighted for final grade calculation) results in me making assignments simply to fill out the gradebook and the students not seeking feedback.


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