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How can I FORMALLY monitor and guide student learning?

Jul 9, 2016 12:47am

when making assessments in class,what is the most formal way to monitor and guide student learning?

  • English Language Arts
  • 3-12
  • Assessment

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    • Jul 10, 2016 6:21pm

      Try using crates of hanging folders to create Literacy Portfolios for each of your students. Each time they have a major assessment/essay/etc. you can provide them with an opportunity to reflect on your feedback and then identify just a couple key learning goals and effective instructional strategies for achieving them. You could also go so far as to have students start to graph out their growth over time on pre-made bar charts that you staple into the front of their folders. As they periodically revisit the portfolio, they (and you) have some quick, visual feedback as to how their performance is progressing. Having even a quick, few minute conference with each student as they fill these out in your classroom will also be VERY helpful in reinforcing the goal setting and strategy work that can support their INDIVIDUAL learning needs. This is a great way of getting students to take ownership of their own learning because they can clearly see that self-reflection and hard work garners real results.

      • Oct 9, 2016 2:30pm

        I formally monitor and guide student learning by developing a clear understanding of the Learning Style of each. Once I have this knowledge I plan not for a class but for individual students who are at the same achievement level and place them in cooperative learning groups. The goal of this grouping is to encourage peer socialization and peer teaching while giving each student the opportunity to understand the different culture of each of his/her group mate. Cooperative learning groups also strengthen Team work among the students and build strong appreciation for each group member. My planning for each group of student is focused on differentiated learning styles and each student acquired culture. I work collaboratively with each student in the different groups. Each group is guided in developing an assessment rubric to assess what each member learns. This rubric is used to strengthen achievement for the next teaching session. To ensure that I am meeting the needs of each child a teacher assessment rubric is done by each student. This I study carefully prior to the next session and find creative strategies to deal with weaknesses the students have identified in the teaching/learning process.