Assessment & Data

Post-It Power

Teachers need feedback from their students constantly to make good decisions. One way I check what my students brains are doing is through Post it Power. This strategy involves students writing an answer to either a reflective question or math problem that will illuminate their understanding. Using this information, I get a powerful, visual snapshot of the class that helps me to make decisions about the following days' lesson. 

Strategy Resources (2)
Students In Action
 
 
 
Teacher Reflection
 
 
In this video, I explain to students the choices that they have in their reflection question. This student choice gives them some control over the question they feel best about, which is often pretty illuminating.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Teacher Reflection
 
 
In this video, I explain to students the choices that they have in their reflection question. This student choice gives them some control over the question they feel best about, which is often pretty illuminating.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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