Every teacher needs evidence that students have met learning goals. Why not take something we already do in the classroom and make it more student-centered and teacher-supported? (It's what we love to do at ConnectingEd!)
Here is the shift- get students involved in choosing and developing HOW they will show you what they know.
1. Choice empowers students and prepares them for life outside of school.
2.Choice engages students because they have some control.
3. Choice increases responsibility, and who doesn't want students to be more responsible??
- You can create the choices or have your students brainstorm a list.
- Make this into a Google or Microsoft form; just copy and paste the prompts. You will then have all of your student information in one spreadsheet that you can also use to track progress.
- Students will need some guidance when learning how to make a plan and a timeline. You will need to have a class discussion about what should be included, what it might look like, and how to keep on track. Have students share their plans, so you have some models!
- Check-in frequently with students about their progress. Keep it simple- use Google/ Microsoft form or an exit ticket. Meet with students who are behind or struggling- it only takes a minute or two to work out a plan. Accountability is the key!