Episode #3: Standards Based Grading, Mastery Based Learning, and Problem Based Learning at TRHS


Mat Barber and Craig Miller join Ty this week to discuss how things are progressing with the HHS Physical Science implementation of Standards Based Grading and “genius hour” and also the plans for “Problem Based Learning” at the new high school, Thunder Ridge.

This was a great conversation and is hopefully valuable as different schools and districts grapple with the decisions on what will be best for their situation. We’ve added the working definitions for all of the terms discussed in the pod below:

CTE: Career and Technical Education

Mastery Based Learning
— The link above is taken directly from the Idaho State Department of Education and viewers can access the schools participating and other items related to Mastery Based Learning. Rocky Mountain Middle School within D93 is featured on the page.

Standards Based Grading is a practice several members of the HHS staff are experimenting with. As we mention throughout the pod, there are no silver bullets, but rather best practices we must implement to continually improve and move forward as an organization.

This conversation regarding instructional practices and assessment is constant within our Professional Learning Communities throughout D93.

Great things happening… Chase Beckman is settling in as an involved, enthusiastic member of the HHS team. Julie Tillitt is stepping up into more of a leadership role not only sharing quality practices with her department, but the rest of the staff as well by serving as the new Professional Development Focus Team Leader. Skylar Lubbers, a senior at HHS is recognized by Mr. Miller as a kid he regards in high esteem for his perseverance, attitude, and overcoming obstacles.

It’s a GREAT day to be a KNIGHT!

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