Phase one complete… (XP points in the classroom)

On Tuesday, I plan to implement phase two of my goal for my AP Biology students this year, which is for them to take a pile of my resources and learn about a unit almost on their own (constructivist theory, for you psych folks). Granted, there will be checkpoints and various discussions throughout this unit, but I want them to eventually be in charge of their daily tasks, both in and out of the classroom.

Phase one involved incorporating an experience point (XP) system in my grading plan. Students gain experience through various instructional activities, and the sum of these experiences at the end of each unit correlates to a rather hefty (30%) portion of their overall grade. This is the first time I have tried anything like this, but I think it is going well. I have been at a loss the past few years as to getting more of my students personally engaged in the process of learning this extremely cumbersome curriculum. Thus far, I think this is the hardest that I’ve had an AP class work overall. I’m not sure if it’s the students themselves or the XP system. Perhaps, both.

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Previously… in Professional Development

An archival post for my own reference. Read the title in the voice of the “Lost” narrator.

Below are the links to presentations I’ve given before setting up this blog…

 PD Session  Tags Date Updated
Instructional Technology (Michael Wood) edtech, tutorials Ongoing
Collaborative Group Work (Early Release) CIF, Collaboration, Kahoot, Padlet, QR Codes, Tea Party, Jigsaw, 5E Model 2014-09-05
5E Model (Michael Wood) 5E, PBL, edtech 2014-08-08
TLC Year 1 Day 2 Early Release paper slide videos, stations-based lessons, Google Docs 2013-10-21
e-Folios for Education e-Folio, reflection, common core, google sites 2013-08-05
AP Biology Curriculum Update APBio, CollegeBoard, one day 2012-10-31