Our lesson plans are written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices and are aligned to state and national standards. Choose from hundreds of topics and strategies. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Home › Professional Development › Strategy Guides Strategy Guide Research Basis Strategy in Practice Related Resources This strategy guide introduces the concept of using Exit Slips in the classroom to help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information. The Exit Slip strategy is used to help students process new concepts, reflect on information learned, and express their thoughts about new information. This strategy can also be used to publish student comments, ideas, and opinions. Albers, Peggy. Wagner, Barb. Understanding Irony
Teaching JourneyCybraryman Internet CatalogueMy Goal Mavens @coolcatteacher@angelamaiers@wmchamberlain Each year I had my students write their learning goals or resolutions for the year on the first day of school. I had them review and update them periodically throughout the school year. (Thanksgiving, 100th Day, New Year's, Valentine's Day...) Help Students Set Goals Goal Setting A Teacher & Student Journey - YouTube My What Students Want page My Resolutions & Reflections page “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”Jimmy Dean “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
Creative Exit Ticket Strategies and Best PracticesExit tickets have been a great way to accomplish formative or summative assessment for some time now. They are a low-stress way to see what your students know and what they are still struggling with. For the uninitiated, exit tickets usually work like this: The teacher asks some sort of summative question at the end of the lesson, about five minutes before the bell. That’s the basic gist, but there are some more creative uses of the exit ticket strategy that can add flavor to your assessment practices. Tweet the lesson In 140 characters or less, have students summarize the contents of the lesson in which they just took part. Self-assessment Instead of “What did I learn today?” Relate to real life Ask students where they think the day’s lesson will fit into their daily lives. Outside-the-box analogies Spice up your exit tickets with analogies to seemingly incongruous concepts. The parking lot Entry slips Want a real assessment of students’ retention? Have any other cool exit ticket strategies?
10 Exit Slip Prompts that Will Work for Any Class - Teach 4 the HeartIf you’re not using exit slips, you really should try them. Basically, you give students a quick prompt at the end of class (or for elementary, at the end of the day or the end of a subject). Then the students have just a couple minutes to write an answer and turn it in. Why You Should Use Exit Slips: Writing increases students’ participation. So now that I’ve hopefully convinced you to try out exit slips, let me give you a few ideas of what you can ask. Easy Exit Slip Prompts Write down two things you learned today.Pretend your friend was absent from class today and s/he asks you to explain the lesson. Do you use exit slips in your class? Additional Resources: Photo by lacla21.
Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to educationWould a person with good handwriting, spelling and grammar and instant recall of multiplication tables be considered a better candidate for a job than, say, one who knows how to configure a peer-to-peer network of devices, set up an organisation-wide Google calendar and find out where the most reliable sources of venture capital are, I wonder? The former set of skills are taught in schools, the latter are not. We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past. Longhand multiplication of numbers using paper and pencil is considered a worthy intellectual achievement. In school examinations, learners must reproduce facts from memory, solve problems using their minds and paper alone. The curriculum lists things that children must learn. One of the teachers who works with me said to her class of nine-year-olds: "There is something called electromagnetic radiation that we can't see, can you figure out what it is?" One of them says: "Aren't we going to do any work?" "What's work, then?"
Use Seesaw To Create A Learning Journal In Your ClassroomHow I Use Seesaw To Create A Learning Journal in My Classroom by Kelli Ohms, Special Education Functional Life Skills Teacher Being a functional life skills teacher, my class is not set up like a typical classroom. Students do a lot of individual and small group work. We started using Seesaw last November as a way to document and share the work my students were doing in the community and record evidence of the key academic skills they’re working towards. At first, my biggest challenge was teaching my students to add items independently, but now they enjoy adding new items to their journals, and even request to post unprompted! The biggest way Seesaw has helped my classroom is with parent communication. Now that I use Seesaw, Parents have loved getting real-time updates on what their students are working on in class and how they are making progress. For instance, I had a parent who did not think their child could count money. Increasing My Students’ Motivation
Leslie FisherDo You Pose Questions That Invite Metacognition? - Learning PersonalizedBena Kallick is a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and internationally. Arthur L. Costa is professor emeritus of education at California State University, Sacramento, and co-founder of the Institute for Intelligent Behavior in El Dorado Hills, California. Our ‘inner voice’ is what we use to reflect on what we do, how and why we behave in the way we do, how we critique ourselves and how we connect the knowledge, ideas, concepts and concept frameworks developed using each of our four learning systems. One of a teacher’s most important practices is designing and posing questions. Read more from Bena and Art Building a Thinking Vocabulary Because thinking words may not be used in students’ homes or in previous classrooms, thinking vocabulary may be a “foreign language” to them. Example: What is Metacognition and Why Should Teachers be Concerned About It?
On genuine vs. bogus inquiry – using EQs properlyWe had a delightful visit to The School of the Future in New York City the other day. Lots of engaged kids, a great blend of instruction and constructivist work, and an obvious intellectual culture. And as the picture illustrates, everywhere we went we also saw helpful visual reminders of the big ideas and essential questions framing the work we were watching: School of the Future staff have long been users of UbD tools and ideas. But far too often over the years I have seen plenty of good stuff posted like this – but no deep embedding of the EQ into the unit design and lessons that make it up. Let’s start with a simple example from my own teaching. At every turn, in other words, the EQ looms large in the unit. This is far different than what we typically see in walk-throughs where EQs are being used. All well and good in English, Grant; what about math? Same thing. What is the unknown? Here is how Polya described their use: A Four-Phase Process for Implementing Essential Questions
MetacognitionVisible Thinking in the Digital Classroom While you are waiting.... 1. 2. Please don't be discouraged if you know all these apps or none of them. Session Essential Questions 1. What does "making thinking visible" mean to you? 1. 2. 3. 4. *iPad Photo Courtesy of Kevin Honeycutt *What Makes You Say That? *Interpretation with justification 1. 2. 3. *Active Reasoning & Explanation Encourages Students to think about a question and share their thoughts with a partner. Tellagami 1. 2. *Setting the Stage for Deeper Inquiry What do you think you know about this topic? Step 1: Get your graphics in line Start with a student drawing, image, picture, graphic, or other piece of visual content. Skitch Great For: basic editing, cropping, labeling, highlighting, blurring (think kid's faces or personal info, license plate). Canva Great For: Creating infographics with pretty templates, icons & graphics. Some other Infographic Creators... Step 2: Add a layer of awesome *Capturing Essence 1. 2.