Stop Saying "You're So Smart" - Growth Mindset
Last year, my school invited Eduardo Briceño to talk to us about the importance of having a growth mindset, a concept from "The Power of Belief - Mindset and Success" and this book by Carol Dweck (affiliate link)! He basically asserts that there are two types of people: those who think intelligence and skills are fixed/unchanging and others who believe they are able to be developed/honed. In his speech and his book, he discusses one thing that we all (likely) have done: tell a student how…
Higher Order Thinking Across the Curriculum: Formative Assessment Exit Slips
Formative Assessment Exit Slips - NOW FULLY EDITABLE! Use these 20 Exit Slips to assess understanding or reading comprehension in any class. ($)
EMOJIS IN THE CLASSROOM
Using Emojis in the classroom is a fun way to tie recognizable visual elements into activities that all students will enjoy. I've rounded up 10 ways you can use Emojis in the classroom, including a free a Emoji character emotion reading anchor chart and writing activity, and free Emoji matching cards and more! Emojis are easy to use, and judging by the question, 'Can we use Emojis?' I get any time we do a project on the iPads, students love them! Set up Emojis on PC's, Chromebooks, iPads or…
FREE Quick Survey/Reflection poster!
Quick Survey/Reflection poster. These posters help you to understand the students' thinking by looking at their responses.
Timeouts and Tootsie Rolls
An alternative to exit tickets is to give each student a form called an "I Can Statement" form. This form can be given to students each Monday in order for them to document what they have learned during the week. There is a section for them to self-evaluate their learning and a space for them to show or explain what they "can" do. At the beginning of a lesson, I have the students write down their "I Can" statement for the lesson in the space provided. This gives them the opportunity to hear…
Post It Note Rubrics
Anyone that knows me will tell you I'm all about convenience. I also like to be consistent, but without convenience it gets hard sometimes, right? This is ALWAYS how a product is born! As I sat grading papers a while ago, I began to wonder how I could make the use of a rubric attached to an assignment easier. In the past I would print out my generic Marzano scaled rubric and staple it to each paper.... now a few of you are probably rolling your eyes thinking, "man this girl can't staple a…
Reading Comprehension Activities
Students have 9 choices for reflection after completing independent reading including plot and character analysis, figurative language interpretation, theme, setting, and connections. I have students complete their reflections in journals, but have also included a separate sheet that might be handy...
7 Free Assessment Resources for Pre-K to 1st Grade
7 free resources to help you take an informative and fun assessment on students Pre-K to 1st grade. Perfect for homeschool or summer supplemental learning.
Student Academic Goal Setting Sheets
I came across a pin the other day about helping students set academic goals for themselves and I just loved the idea! Setting, working towards, and achieving goals is a powerful skill that will help students not only be successful now, but also in the future. This is learned skill they can benefit from for a
Are You Giving Effective Feedback? (Ms. Houser)
These past few weeks I’ve been working on a homework assignment. As part of my district role as a coach/mentor, I was asked to assess the effectiveness of my feedback. No prob! I thought. I’m totally
Lyndsey Kuster — Recharge & Reignite Your Passion For Teaching
Has this ever happened to you? Lights are out, you’re standing in the doorway, arms loaded. You scan your classroom one last time (“Did I turn off all the monitors? Are tomorrow’s copies set out? >
Feedback Q & A
Students love rich useful feedback. But, what exactly do they want and need from the instructor? Here are a few questions I have been asked by students, and ways to respond. Feedback Q & A
Developing Self-Regulating Learners: The Critical Role of Feedback
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Our 175,000 members in 119 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.