IPAs, Take 2

One of the things I want to do before next year starts is take another look at the end-of-unit IPAs I created last summer. I definitely think that moving from textbook-based tests to IPAs was a good move for many reasons. First and foremost, I haven’t used the textbook this year, so those tests wouldn’t have made…

Dipping My Toes in the Water of Project Based Learning

During the TeachThought 30 day blogging challenge, one of the prompts asked us what learning trend we were most interested in. Writing and thinking about that post got me thinking more about Project Based Learning. It sounds neat. Letting the kids learn my subject the way they learn the things they really care about –…

IPAs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As I travel down the “proficiency path” for the first time this year, some things have been really great, and some things have not been so great. I put a ton of work in this summer planning my units for 4 different classes. At the same time, I planned Summative Performance Assessments for each unit. Now…