Frenship High School 2013-2014
How is GT different?
What does it mean to be GT?
Let's take a quick personality quiz from Ian Byrd a nationally known GT expert.
- Math of Chemistry & Matter
- Atomic Structure
- Electrons & The Periodic Table
- Chemical Naming & Bonding
- Chemical Reactions & Solubility
- Acids & Bases
At the start of each unit you will get a list of targets that we're going to learn. (see Unit 1 targets) Every so often we will have an assessment testing you on 1 or more targets. You will get a score for each target on the assessment, rather than one grade for the paper.
How does this work exactly?
On your first assessment you made a 1/5 on the first target and a 3/5 on the second target. You will record those grades on your target list (and that's how they will be recorded in Skyward). But, EEEEEEERG! You really messed up on the first target. Luckily you have options! Option 1: You can send me a formal email to set up a time to show me you've learned the target. (Please see the formal email section on how to do this.) Yes! I love it when students want to show me what they have learned. It makes my heart go pitter patter! Option 2: It is very likely I will assess you again on target 1. Once you've done better on the second assessment your grade for target 1 will change in Skyward.
On the flip side...Another possible scenario is that you made a 9/10 on the second target, then on the following assessment you made a 7/10. Average the two together? NO!!!! I want your grade to reflect what you know on the date of the most recent assessment. Your grade will be changed to the lower grade. BUT...remember you always have the option to show me how well you know your stuff!
My Vision of this Class
You get points for what you know. That is the ONLY way you get points!
I want you to succeed. I am on your side.
The Meaning of Grades
The Process for Reassessment Outside of Class
2. Email me with the details about the one or two objectives / targets you want to reassess. Your email should be professional and formal. For example:
Hello Mrs. Potter,
I would really like to reassess Target # _______.
The reasons I think I didn't do well on that target are:
Since the assessment, I have done the following specific things to make sure I understand the target:
(list things you have done to work on the objective(s).)
Would it be possible for me to reassess Target # _____ during AP on (Tuesday-Friday)? Or after school (Monday - Friday)?
[If you want to reassess another target copy the above with second objective listed.]
Always your devoted chemistry student,
If you have shown me you've done concrete things to correct your misunderstandings I will approve your reassessment time. Sometimes I will ask you bring your completed, corrected homework or assignments and your notes before letting you reassess.
3. That's it!! Ta Daaa! Your grade gets changed to reflect your understanding of the target(s).
2. You can't reassess the last week of a grading period. I will give you an exact date each grading period.
3. You can't reassess a specific target more than twice without a serious talk about your processes for understanding the objective beforehand.
4. Watch out for late start Monday's or days we don't have school. You clearly can't reassess on those days.
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