Assessment & Data

Marzano's Practice

At the end of the lesson, when it comes time to practice, my students find themselves at varying levels of success with the material. Some of my students have mastered material, while others need more guidance. I teach my students how to use Robert Marzano's scale of self-assessment, which allows them to rate their level of need. In our class, each level of the scale corresponds to a mode of practice, including teacher guidance, peer tutoring, online practice, and enrichment. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
This poster helps students accurately assess their level of understanding on Marzano's scale and determine next steps.
Poster
 
 
This is a photo of the Marzano practice board I have at the front of my classroom. You can see how there are different assignments for each of the four levels.
Students In Action
 
 
Poster
 
 
This poster helps students accurately assess their level of understanding on Marzano's scale and determine next steps.
Poster
 
 
This is a photo of the Marzano practice board I have at the front of my classroom. You can see how there are different assignments for each of the four levels.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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