Saturday, August 12, 2017

Reflections - how do you manage this in a busy classroom?

In a busy classroom it is hard sometimes to stop and reflect on learning. 

It is such an important step to help consolidate learning, check on understanding, redirect misconceptions and set new goals. 

For me it is the most important step in the learning process. 

I have created a set of templates that will suit any grade level and any topic - even Mathematics!

These tools can be used for students to share their understanding and reasoning skills when exploring new concepts for any topic.


You may choose to use one per student, have them work in pars or as a group.


PMI – record the Positive, Minus and Interesting facts about the topic
Alphabet Key – record what you know by using the alphabet to organize your knowledge
Venn Diagram – choose two aspects of a topic to compare: what is similar goes in the centre
I see, I think, I wonder
Fishbone – topic goes in the fish head and what you know is recorded on the fish bones grouped by headings
Diary – record what you do each day and set a goal at the end of each week
Journal – record what you know and what is next (with learnt and learned options)
KWHL – share what you Know, Want to know, How you might find it out and new Learning
Mind Mapping – show what you know and add to this you progress through the task/unit of work
Y chart – what it sounds like, feels like and looks like
Think board – great for showing the same concept in four different ways
Lotus Diagram – topic goes in the centre and record what you know around the topic. The word in the green goes in the next green space and then record details you know about this around the word. Continue with each color. Two printing options.
Cycle – is there a pattern of how a task needs to be done?
Faces – color the face that is relevant to you and the task

Glossary – list new or interesting words/terms and then add a definition








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