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Strategy Explanation
 
 
Teachers know that sometimes you have to do things on a budget, so sometimes you have to make due with some bins. Saving student work has two powerful uses. First, it's an accountability measure for students, giving tangible evidence to what they have mastered. Second, it's great for teachers interested in looking at student work, finding areas where students struggle, editing lessons, and rerecording them. Lessons can always improve through the course of the year!
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Strategy Explanation
 
 
Teachers know that sometimes you have to do things on a budget, so sometimes you have to make due with some bins. Saving student work has two powerful uses. First, it's an accountability measure for students, giving tangible evidence to what they have mastered. Second, it's great for teachers interested in looking at student work, finding areas where students struggle, editing lessons, and rerecording them. Lessons can always improve through the course of the year!
 
Routines and Procedures

Student Filing

I was spending an hour every day filing students' graded quizzes when we realized, "Why are we doing all this filing? Students could easily do this themselves." Since the number one thing we are trying to get students to do is take ownership over their learning, we decided to have students file their own papers, cutting down on a lot of menial work for us and giving students a chance to see a physical record of what they had and had not mastered.

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Students In Action
 
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Teachers know that sometimes you have to do things on a budget, so sometimes you have to make due with some bins. Saving student work has two powerful uses. First, it's an accountability measure for students, giving tangible evidence to what they have mastered. Second, it's great for teachers interested in looking at student work, finding areas where students struggle, editing lessons, and rerecording them. Lessons can always improve through the course of the year!
 
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Teachers know that sometimes you have to do things on a budget, so sometimes you have to make due with some bins. Saving student work has two powerful uses. First, it's an accountability measure for students, giving tangible evidence to what they have mastered. Second, it's great for teachers interested in looking at student work, finding areas where students struggle, editing lessons, and rerecording them. Lessons can always improve through the course of the year!
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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Routines and Procedures
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