Daily Reflection Exit and Entrance Ticket
I have been using a reflection ticket (Google Form) nearly every day with my students as part of my VL adventure. One student said the other day (as he was filling out the form, "I learned it because I believed in myself." I think it is awesome (I love reading over their responses.) and something I've never done before BUT I am struggling to figure out how I measure how effective it is.
The other day I taught a whole lesson on summarizing and when they took the low stakes quiz a lot of them asked, "What is summarizing?" Well, I don't need a magic wand to figure THAT one out. That particular lesson was NOT effective!
Here's what I'm thinking. This unit wraps up in one week. I think for the next unit I will give them all a pretest similar to the post test and use that as my benchmark. Then I will have concrete data on how they grew or did not grow! I am open to suggestions.
What metacognition methods do you use in your classroom? How do you help students reflect on the content AND their work/attitude? This is the form I am currently using:
Low Stakes Testing
aI have been giving several low stakes quizzes every week as a learning strategy. So yay for that...BUT here's what I need to do to improve (my goals, if you will):
Truly Believing in Each Child
The other day we were in a meeting and someone said, "Oh, ______ could never do that." I'm not judging. My thinking in the past has not been totally different than that teachers' comment.
I am kinda appalled at MYSELF for not truly believing that each child can excel. I THOUGHT I did, for sure. But now that I am really conscience of it, I am seeing that this is a growth area for me. To really and truly believe that each student can achieve. Last year if a child was struggling too much because things were truly too hard, I'd lower my expectations. This year I'm like, "Nope. You have to write more because you CAN." In the past I would care more about their feelings than pushing them to excel. This is QUITE the eyeopener for me and it is a true pleasure to make the shift.
It is so helpful to put all of this into a blog post. It helps me organize my thoughts and hold myself accountable for future actions. If you got all the way down to this line, thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts. #bettertogether
Jill A. Hostetler