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Sub's Assignment Workbook!
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Sub's Assignment Workbook!

So, this is one way to be productive around here. School is starting up again in a bit more than a week, and I get a plethora of assignments and other things to do. Why not take the best and the worst assignments and put them here? And maybe I talk about why the assignment is good or bad, what it's trying to accomplish, if it succeeds, etc. I believe this will accomplish 3 things:

1. It will provide insight into what I do as a virtual school student.

2. It will help me create, maybe not regular assignments, but projects for my students for when I'm a teacher.

3. It will show the faults of virtual school curriculum, and how that system can be improved.

Maybe other people can do this with me, so that the work from traditional schools can be scrutinized?

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08-25-2014 02:54 PM
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This actually sounds like a very good idea.

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This is an excellent idea.

I'm doing a similar thing this year at school. I plan to write down everything (if anything) I learn at school daily, along with whatever I learn outside of school. Then I'll compare the two and see which one was more meaningful in the long run.
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Okay, first day of school going well. Only one graded assignment this week (Which is bizarre.) So I'll talk about one system of grading here. It's for all of the classes, but you notice them the most in the science classes.

It's called the Target System. You have four grades in the class, or "Targets." their abbreviated as T1,T2,T3,and T4. And the assignments you're graded in only gives you credit for the target it's in. So, if the assignment you have is a T2 assignment, it'll only affect your T2 grade. Your assignments are graded out of 4, and the lowest you can get with passing is a 2. If it's lower than that, it's INC, and usually you get to do it again at least one more time. In order to pass, you need to get at least a 2 in all 4 targets, and that's a D.

So, let's go through my science target system. T1 is the Scientific Method. This is where we learn through accepted practice of science, such as experiments. So, a lot of lab reports here. T2 is Content. This is where the real meat is, because the assignments here tend to focus on teaching us the core concepts of the material. T3 is Scientific Process. This is the application of what we learned to something else, like something from a previous unit. This is integrating the knowledge and applying it to real life. T4 is Communication. This usually involves some sort of discussion with other students and maybe the teacher. In other words, you talk about what you've learned to see how easily you understand it and can explain it to others.

So, my thoughts... I like it better than the A-F grading system. However, it still has some huge flaws. I like how it says more about the student, and how each assignment has a purpose that's clearly explained by the target. I like how different types of assignments count towards different grades. However... most of the time it overlaps. These only are counted when it's a big assignment. For an example, an essay in science might have two grades, one for T3 and one for T4. But a mostly busywork T2 assignment might have some T1 elements, but that won't be reflected in the grades. That seems to be the point, but it's hard to execute correctly. There's also the fact that if you've aced all the targets but failed one of them (4,INC,4,4), you failed when you would've gotten a C otherwise. Student effort can easily be missed. That's the biggest mistake in it.

So, I hope you enjoyed that, and I'll report back when I have an interesting assignment to talk about.

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Okay. First assignment on here. We learned about the "McDonalzation" of society (Or making a product as consistent and convenient), and we were supposed to design a school based on this philosophy. It was supposed to be two paragraphs, but I wrote this behemoth, and the teacher gave me a 4. If the teacher graded based on opinion or something like that, I would be angry. I would've preferred a "Design a thing" assignment rather than a "Design a school" assignment. That way students could also flex their creative muscles.

Here it is:


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