Dear Teaching Friends,
School's out and a lot of us can finally get back to blogging. Yay! I am looking forward to time spent blog-stalking. Leave me a comment and I'll stop by your blog!
Teaching Blog Traffic School
I just joined Teaching Blog Traffic School, have you? It looks like a great way to connect with other teacher bloggers. Have a look here at TBTS.
Summer goals... do you have them? Are they too many to count? One of mine is organizing my teaching files on my computer. How do you organize your files? By year? By grade taught? By subject? I have tried many different ways and now I need to consolidate. In the process, I thought I could share some of the things I have made over the years that you might like to use with your students.
By now, you may have realized that I love rubrics and self-assessments. Is anyone else like me in this regard? I like creating forms, using forms, manipulating forms and coupled with my love of assessment, means that I have a lot of those to share. (Well after 16 years of teaching, I should have, shouldn't I?) Here's one...
So, this is a rubric I used when I taught 1st grade, although it could be used for any grade. My students were incredibly obsessed with being the first one done with assignments, sacrificing understanding and satisfaction of a job well done for timeliness. Sound familiar? So, to get the students to slow down, start thinking about, and evaluating their own work I would have them reflect on the quality their work and understanding, and highlight this rubric accordingly. I would photocopy two rubrics per page, cut them in half and then after filling them out, the students would staple them to their work. Then I would look it over and give my opinion, only after they had given theirs.
Children can be incredibly accurate and I always find it better to have students evaluate their own work first. Students learned quickly that I valued quality or quantity, that they could let me know they didn't understand something, and that honestly looking at their work helped them to know what they needed to do better. I firmly believe in having high expectations for students and that it is okay to help them see when their work could be improved.
Changing Times - Sustainability
It is funny to think how times have changed over the years. I now am very conscientious about the amount of paper I use. If I were to do this again, I might have one copy laminated for each student and taped on their desk to refer to as they evaluate their assignments.
Can any of you use this? Do any of you do something similar? I'd love to hear from you.