Independent Student Learning

Self Monitoring Thumbs

One of my goals as a first grade teacher is to develop independent learners that can problem solve or decide when it is time to request assistance from others. Self-reliance is a need that many parents talk to me about during conferences and as a result, I've turned to two different strategies in the classroom that allow students to continue their work while informing me of their comfort level of the task. These strategies are known as self monitoring tools that help me to prioritize which students I need to assist first. 


Strategy Resources (2)
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Self Monitoring Thumbs is a printout posted above my teaching board that reminds students how they can show me the level of their understanding via a thumbs up, side or down. This is a self monitoring strategy that students can demonstrate on their own or by request during a lesson.
 
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Students can move a clip along the traffic light as a means to show how urgently they need help. The assistance can come from myself or our schools blended coordinator who completes rounds during our scheduled blended time to support students. A yellow indicates that their issue is not impeding the student from continuing their work, while a red light is for students who can't move on without assistance.
 
Poster
 
 
Self Monitoring Thumbs is a printout posted above my teaching board that reminds students how they can show me the level of their understanding via a thumbs up, side or down. This is a self monitoring strategy that students can demonstrate on their own or by request during a lesson.
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Students can move a clip along the traffic light as a means to show how urgently they need help. The assistance can come from myself or our schools blended coordinator who completes rounds during our scheduled blended time to support students. A yellow indicates that their issue is not impeding the student from continuing their work, while a red light is for students who can't move on without assistance.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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