As I was thinking about what My Favorite thing in the classroom was I thought of checklists. A year -and-a-half ago I wrote about why I was excited to try checklists, but now I'm on the other side of it--I have used them for a long time!
Reasons I love the checklist:
- I helps students (and me) stay organized throughout the unit
- It holds students accountable to doing the work
- Students like getting stamps :)
- Students can look back at the end of the unit and see EVERYTHING we've done. It gives a sense of accomplishment and reminds them "we did learn this"
- It is the students' responsibility, emphasizing that they--rather than solely I--are responsible for their learning
Something I'm trying this unit: I added a column to allow students a section to self-reflect at the end of the unit on each learning target. Hopefully this will help them focus their studies! Seeing a proficiency score next to the assignments we've done will show them what they can look at or work on to study for the test. I'll report back (but it might take a year-and-a-half!)
Here is an image of what I use and a link below to a document:
Link to Checklist in Drive (download as word document to restore formatting)