Growth Wall

Standards-Based Grading

This year, we have a “Growth Wall” in the room. Any time a student improves his or her score on a retake or masters a quiz or retake, the student earns a hexagon that’s placed on the growth wall. This is really exciting because there is visible growth for all to see. I also like it because it gives an opportunity to celebrate potentially every student in the classroom. Even if someone improves from a 6 to a 6.5, it’s a celebration opportunity because growth is happening.

It’s also a visual representation that all of us together make a more beautiful picture than each of us as separate individuals because the hexagons form a neat pattern. So, how are the hexagons made? First, create the shape in Geogebra. Second, the image is uploaded into Google Drawings in order to get a nice font. Finally, the hexagon is copied and pasted within a Google Doc to make enough for all the students. That’s the summary, but here are the goods to save you time.

  • Link to Google Doc template
  • Geogebra link
  • A short video showing how to edit the names on the hexagon…

One more quick note. Hexagons are not announced until after the retake has been graded for each concept. Students realize the only way to earn a hexagon after the first quiz is to make a 100 (mastery). This makes sense because a student can’t demonstrate improvement on a quiz until they’ve taken a retake. Therefore, in order to keep from reinforcing classroom status, we wait until after the retake to reveal hexagons because all options are open at that point. Students could have made a 100, improved by a small increment, or improved by a large increment. It’s more of a mystery which is better for classroom culture.

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