British Columbia Science Teachers' Association

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 10

Fix 10: Don’t rely on evidence gathered using assessments that fail to meet standards of quality; rely only on quality assessments Haha, maybe the end of the school year wasn’t the best time to attempt these 15 fixes.  Ok, yes,…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 9

Fix 9: Compare students achievement to pre-set standards, not to each other. Haha, this one makes me laugh.  This makes me think of one of my Science 10’s, whose assignments could be the answer keys.  In fact they are better…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 7

Fix 7: Don’t organize information in grading records by assessment method, or simply summarize into a single grade; organize and report evidence by standard / learning goal Ok, for anybody out there reading this, I would love to see how…

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DIY Microscope Opens Up Possibilities

Guest Blog by Kevin Yapps. Kevin has taught in various Science settings. His current role is teaching French Immersion Sciences as well as a combined French Science-Math option at WL Seaton Secondary Vernon, BC. Kevin is an avid tinkerer and maker…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 6

Fix 6:  Don’t include group scores in grade, use only individual achievement evidence. I have to say, I am not looking ahead in the book, but I’m a little bit proud of myself.  I haven’t actually got to try out…

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Atomic Models and Coast Salish Design Elements

Guest Blog by Aliisa Sarte. Aliisa has taught in various Science settings. Her current role is teaching Sciences at Port Moody Secondary School in SD43. Aliisa has collaborated with Marina Mehai and SD43 Aboriginal Education department to explore ways of…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 5

Fix 5: Don’t include attendance in grade determination, report absences separately. Whoa boy… I better give this one some thought.  First off, I don’t. But this is similar to my post about docking late marks, and, now that I reflect,…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 4

Fix 4: don’t punish academic dishonesty with reduced grades; apply other consequences and reassess to determine actual level of achievement. Ahh cheating.  I think the longer you have been teaching the stronger (or weaker depending on age) your opinion is…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 3

Fix 3: Don’t give extra credit or use “bonus points”; seek only evidence that more work has resulted in a higher level of achievement. Well this post should be a breeze; I’m almost second guessing this whole project.  Does anyone…

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One Teachers Journey Testing Out Ken O’Connor’s A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades — Fix 2

Fix 2: Don’t reduce marks on “work” submitted late; provide support for the learner.  I have never taken marks off for a student submitting work late. In reality, possibly due to the school I teach in, it is rare that…

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