Sunday, October 21, 2012

Student Reflection

Parent conferences were held last week and I have been relaxing/recovering from the two exhausting days.  Our parent conferences are held from 4:45-8 two nights in a row (Wed &Thurs).  We only have 5 minutes to share student progress so I made a packet of students work consisting of homework quizzes, unit test and a student reflection. 

I created the student assessment at the last minute to have my students reflect on how they work in groups and independently (homework).  

If you would like to see the whole word document click here .

Students completed the assessment first and then I filled the teacher column and commented on their improvement plan.  This was a great way to give a snapshot of strengths and weaknesses of students during the conference.  This also helped me target my concerns since I only have 5 minutes.  I shared this with other math teachers in my school so I will be interested how they used the assessment during the conference.  

I am always looking for new ways for students to self assess their effort and knowledge.  If you use something similar I would love to hear about it!  

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

PBIS bulletin boards

For the past couple of years our school has been trying to get PBIS (positive behavior intervention system) off the ground.  This is the first year we have a school wide reward system to motivate our students to make good choices.  As part of the PBIS committee I offered to use my bulletin board space to advertise our "elite eagle" stamp system.  Each student has an elite eagle card in their planners that teachers stamp when students are showing positive behaviors.  Students can use the stamps throughout the year to enter raffles or buy goodies from our new school store! 

Both bulletin board ideas came from my favorite inspiration - Pinterest!

The iPod board. 

All of the "apps" are positive qualities or behaviors that could earn students stamps throughout the year! A fellow math teacher helped me make the apps and we tried to match apps with words.  Flexible on the weather app, focused on the camera app and organized on the calendar app - so fun! 

 The puzzle board
 Each puzzle piece is again a quality or behavior of our elite eagles!

As much as I love making bulletin boards I can only do such involved boards at the beginning of the year.  I am so in love with these boards that I am happy to leave them up for the year! I feel that I set the bar pretty high this year so I am going to need to start planning now for next year's boards!