Recently I almost got into an accident at a construction site. I saw the Stop sign. I also saw the sign holder point at me and then do a 180 degree motion. I assumed he wanted me to go through the Stop sign. He explained in a loud voice that he was pointing for me to stop.
What signals do we send out students about being in a standards-based classroom? Do we constantly refer to the standard or a subcomponent of it or do we refer to the unit topic such as a novel in an English class? Do we list a standards-based performance agenda or do we list topical activities such as “read the chapter”? Do we give standards-based tests or do we give a topical quiz such as who did what in the novel? Do we give formative feedback on a regular basis to each student or do we grade each student’s work with a letter or number grade? Do we ask students what they are doing and expect to hear a standards-based answer or do we expect to hear “answering these math questions” type of responses?
What standards-based signals do you give your students? How do you use technology to help make those signals clear and obvious to the students?