Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Post-It Notes: For quick assessment

I love Post-It notes. I use them all the time. One of my favorite ways to utilized post-it notes is to use them as exit tickets. It's a quick and easy formative assessment. I prefer using post-it notes over creating specific exit slips for two reasons. The first is that I hate photocopying. I will do anything to avoid it. Second, there have been too many times where I have prepared an exit ticket and not made it through the entire lesson leaving the exit ticket useless. When you use post-it notes you can quickly create and update what is asked at the end of the lesson.

I used this problem at the end of our lesson on multiplying decimals. The students could use the strategy that they preferred. This student used repeat addition

This student drew a picture to prove his answer.

This quick assessment shows me who "gets it" and who doesn't. I put a star on the paper if the problem is correct. If there are mistakes, I make the corrections. This does not take much of my time and it gives the students personal feedback that they love. 

Do you use exit tickets at the end of your lessons?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Pick 3 - January Pinterest Favorites

January is the time of year for new beginnings. A time to reevaluate and make changes. A time to get rid of what is not working and try something new. January's Pick 3 Pinterest Favorites is the great resource to help you find some great new ideas to use in your classroom. I am linking up once again with PAWSitively Teaching  and Inspired Owl's Corner to give you some inspiration. My picks are below.

I discovered this idea months ago and wish I had started using it right away. I can't tell you how many times I collect an assignment and then end up calling out names to figure out which students still have not passed it in. This will be particularly helpful when collecting permission forms that trickle in over several days.

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I don't know about you but no matter how many times or how much I purge my classroom I always appear to be busting at the seems. These ideas will help you get organized in the new year. I so need to make the bookshelf curtains to hid all my stuff.

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I have wanted to do this writing assignment for some time now. My plan after the holiday break is to first read The Snow Globe Family by Jane O'Connor to my class. Then my students will write about what it would be like to live in a snow globe. Finally they will complete these fun displays to highlight their creative writing assignment.

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Do you have pins that would be great to use in January? Link up below.

Be sure to check out all the other great pinterest ideas below.
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