Self-monitor and Assess Progress on Task
Formative Assessment: A teacher employs a range of formal and informal assessment procedures during the learning process to modify teaching and improve student attainment.
Formative Assessment: A teacher employs a range of formal and informal assessment procedures during the learning process to modify teaching and improve student attainment.

Tweet Board Reflections

Valerie's students use post-it notes to add what they learned in class or took away from the lesson to the Tweet Board to be shared out with other students. After students add their post-its to the board, Valerie prompts students to explain their reflections further during a class discussion. 

About This Strategy
prep time:
Moderate
Grade Level: First grade
Teaching Challenge: Self-monitor and Assess Progress on Task
Valerie Gresser
Pleasant Ridge Elementary
Knoxville, TN
Strategy Implementation Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could you prepare to address any challenges for your students in advance?
  • How could you encourage deep, relevant responses rather than surface level repetition of the objective?
  • How could you modify this strategy to support your students?
Lesson Notes

I always like the closure section in my lessons to be short and sweet, and, at one point, I was worried that my closures were ineffective. One of the other first grade ELA master teachers, Laura Quellhorst, showed me how she uses a Twitter poster in her closures. I had my amazing teacher's aide, Jessica Fitzgerald, make me both a Facebook and a Twitter poster so my class could "post" what they took away from our lessons.

Today, I decided we would tweet. We took our Twitter poster out, and I gave each of my students a post-it note. I said, "I want you to tweet about what we learned today and why you think using a timeline is important." I took a picture of some of their responses. This gives me a good idea of what my students took away from the lesson.

About This Strategy
prep time:
Moderate
Grade Level: First grade
Teaching Challenge: Self-monitor and Assess Progress on Task
Valerie Gresser
Pleasant Ridge Elementary
Knoxville, TN
Artifacts
Students In Action
Lesson File:Classroom Video: Adjustments to Practice
In this Cornerstone Video, Valerie expands on some of the responses, allowing students to hear deep reflections.