November 6-8, 2019 * Gillette, Wyoming
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Wednesday, November 6 • 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Beyond the 3: Excelling in Standards-Based Grading

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Attendees will explore a novel approach for science assessment in a standards-based learning environment. In this hands-on session we will conduct a short lab (absorption of energy by plant pigment) and discuss results. Following completion of the primary lab, attendees will brainstorm with other “students” and propose questions raised by the lab. Attendees will then use these questions as a base from which to further explore photosynthesis. Materials will be available for attendees to then design and conduct a new experiment to address their questions, applying the skills they have just learned. This structure provides scaffolding for open inquiry learning. This is the technique currently used by our Science Department for differentiating instruction for students, and providing students a format to go above and beyond to attain a score of a 4.

Upon completion of this session attendees will have a new understanding of the benefits of standards based grading, which is focused both on students attaining proficiency in a standard, as well as enabling a more advanced student the opportunity to truly go above and beyond and be challenged in a way they may have never been challenged before. Attendees will have explored from the perspective of a student what it takes to get a 4 using a student-centered learning approach. Lastly, attendees will have a lesson plan that they can use in their classroom.


Claudia Troxel

Claudia Troxel has been teaching High School Science for the past 5 years, and currently teaches Biology, Chemistry I, and Dual Credit Chemistry II.  Prior to teaching, Mrs. Troxel had a professional career as a Toxicologist for 18 years. She received her degrees in Biochemistry... Read More →

Richard Atnip

Richard Atnip has over 20 years of experience in public school system. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Chadron State College, in Secondary Education with a field endorsement in Biology, and a Master’s degree from Walden University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment... Read More →

Wednesday November 6, 2019 4:30pm - 5:15pm MST
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