For the sixteenth episode of Uncertain Dots, we decided to bring in some guests, Andy Rundquist and Kelly O'Shea for a conversation about standards-based grading. This came up because I'm playing around with this using the same tiered scheme I talked about back in January.
This was a fun conversation, and some interesting ideas came up. I remain kind of boggled by the amount of oral exam time Andy puts in, and I find the notion of goal-less problems intriguing, but I'm not sure I could implement it here.
Kelly on goal-less problems
So, anyway, that was fun. We'll probably do more guests at some point in the future, when appropriate. The only down side is that it requires a little more planning, getting us away from the goal-less aesthetic we've established with previous editions...
Very interesting. I found those "goal-less problems" to be EXTREMELY interesting. I bounced the concept off of a former student who dropped by to say "hi" and he immediately went well beyond the limits of a typical problem. I can see replacing some of my active learning exercises with that, even in a class much larger than the one at that high school.