My students need checks for understanding such as dry erase boards; without checks students are unlikely to notify the teacher of misunderstandings.
Would you admit to not understanding something in front of a classroom full of students? In your adult life would you admit to not understanding something in front of your colleagues? Saying no I don't understand in public can make us feel stupid. However, these checks are necessary.
Among the most accomplished and legendary teams of middle schools, no team is considered to have students more awesome or more intelligent than the mighty 8th grade science team.
Although many of their backgrounds set them up to fail, they rank academic achievement and excellent behavior high priority and have set the following big goals for the 2010-2011 academic school year: •82% mastery on all assessments •15% increase in the number of students scoring proficient and advanced on the end of the year assessment •9th grade ready and college bound •Real-life connections with science. They want to get in the game of learning. By getting in the game they mean own their own learning. What does ownership look like? Monopoly boards line the walls of our classroom so that students can track their mastery of the 73 grade level expectations we will cover this school year and students track the progress of their growth from pre-test to post-test in their science notebooks.
Checking for understanding using tools such as dry erase boards and printer paper for daily assessments, graphic organizers, and foldables are pertinent to the success of students in science. Science can be a complicated subject because it also involves reading and math skills making checks even more critical. Checks guide planning, aide in executing, and allow the teacher to continually increase her/his effectiveness in the classroom so that all students succeed. Most importantly they allow you to make these adjustments quickly so that valuable class time is not lost.
Without checks students will simply rush through the exercise, do it wrong more times than not, get bad grades, and lose confidence; a formula for failure.
With checks right answers are affirmed and wrong answers are corrected; this ensures all students are on the right path and no one gets left behind.
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|SPACESHIP DRY ERASE BOARDS -- Learning Resources Dry Erase Boards; Shapeship • Quill||$12.86||6||$77.16|
|QUILL RECYCLED COPY PAPER -- Quill Brand Recycled Copy Paper; 8-1/2x11", 92 Bright • Quill||$7.37||5||$36.85|
|QUILL COLORED COPY PAPER-LGL SIZE,8-1/2 X 14',20 LB. -- Quill Brand Colored Paper; 8-1/2x14", Legal Size, Pink • Quill||$9.26||1||$9.26|
|QUILL BRIGHT COLORED COPY PAPER-LTR SIZE,8-1/2 X 11",20 LB. -- Quill Brand Xtra-Brights Color Paper; Blue • Quill||$12.05||1||$12.05|
|QUILL BRIGHT COLORED COPY PAPER-LTR SIZE,8-1/2 X 11",20 LB. -- Quill Brand Xtra-Brights Color Paper; Green • Quill||$12.05||1||$12.05|
|EXPO 2 DRY ERASE MARKERS-BLACK, CHISEL TIP -- Expo Low-Odor Dry-Erase Markers; Chisel Tip, Black • Quill||$13.49||3||$40.47|
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