By Rita Platt
Looking for a fresh, fun way to quickly and easily assess your students’ progress? Try having them
Tape the numbers 1 through five on your door frame.
Create a rubric for students. You can use a specific rubric or a very generalized one. Lots of examples here.
As students walk out the door, have them “tap out” by touching the number that corresponds with their self-assessed levels on the rubric.
Use the information. Record it on a clipboard and use it to differentiate, accelerate, and remediate. This is a great way to set up:
- flexible groupings,
- decide on who needs more instruction,
- prepare for peer-tutoring,
- decide who you need to confer with, and
- generally decide what comes next in your instructional sequence.
Follow up with your kiddos! Continually work with your students to ensure they understand how to use the rubrics and the important of self-assessment. Children who learn to accurately gauge their own levels of understanding are better equipped to move forward than those who don’t.
Try the “tap out” method and let us know what you think!
Rita Platt (@ritaplatt) is a Nationally Board Certified teacher. Her experience includes teaching learners of all levels from kindergarten to graduate student. She currently is a Library Media Specialist for the St. Croix Falls SD in Wisconsin, teaches graduate courses for the Professional Development Institute, and consults with local school districts.