Sunday, October 30, 2011

Thinking Times

One thing that I've found out while I've been teaching and have used for many years is to get children to write about their learning.  I have them writing in writing, writing in reading, and writing in math, science, and social studies.  Some times the quality of answers and thoughts I get are not worthy of mentioning and I usually ask them to try again, and "Is this your best work?" Other times I get amazing insights and wonderings coming out of my students heads.  When I talk to them about it, I can usually figure out if they understand or need more intervention or lessons.  I love having the students use journals and prompts because it usually gets them started with their thoughts.  I've created "Thinking Times" as a way to track and assess their learning.  You can use the form and create a small booklet, copy it off with the prompts on the backside, or paste it on the inside front panel of a journal to guide them each time they write. I hope you find this assessment tool useful and will continue to follow my blog for more freebies and tips!  Heidi


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