Class Ratings : Class Ratings

 
 
 
Class Ratings
Students In Action
 
 
In this professional video, Daniel explains the class ratings strategy he uses in his classroom. Daniel's students use the class ratings at the end of the day.
Students In Action
 
 
In this professional video, Daniel explains the class ratings strategy he uses in his classroom. Daniel's students use the class ratings at the end of the day.
 
Feedback Systems

Class Ratings

At the end of the day, there have been ups and downs, but the focus should be on improvement. The Class Ratings are when the students rate the class on each of our 5 character and mindset pillars. While I have input, I encourage the students to be honest with themselves and take responsibility if they showed or lacked the pillars at any point. Reflecting on the day's specific moments helps to create a classroom of trust, and a culture of accountability. It is also essential to developing a shared character language that can be refered to throughout the day.

Strategy Resources (2)
Students In Action
 
 
In this professional video, Daniel explains the class ratings strategy he uses in his classroom. Daniel's students use the class ratings at the end of the day.
 
Student Handout
 
 
Pillars of Power Explanations with applications in the classroom and beyond.
 
Students In Action
 
 
In this professional video, Daniel explains the class ratings strategy he uses in his classroom. Daniel's students use the class ratings at the end of the day.
Student Handout
 
 
Pillars of Power Explanations with applications in the classroom and beyond.
Reflection Questions
Questions to think about when implementing the strategy
  • How could class ratings support students to reflect on their performance?
  • How could you modify this strategy for your students?
 
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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Blended Learning Model Overviews
Daniel's Model Overview

At any given time at my class, student grouping is fluid and ever-changing.  A brief whole group lesson focuses on collaborative lessons and reviewing concepts.  Students self-assess to determine how they will practice new skills, and what level of support they need.  I also employ a model of individualized learning paths that I named Workshop, where students choose the way in which they will learn.  Students who need help are grouped for that day in Tutoring, while others have their pick over a variety of websites such as IXL, FrontRow, and TenMarks, online re-assessments, collaborative activities, projects, and more.  Student reflection is essential to making that much choice, work.

Number of Students: 26 students

Number of Adults: one teacher

Length of Class Period/Learning Time: 90minutes (Math Block)

Digital Content/ Ed Tech Tools Used on a Regular Basis: i-Ready; IXL; MangaHigh; Website; FrontRow; Kahoot!; BrainGenie; Poll Everywhere; TenMarks; Google Apps for Education

Hardware Used on a Regular Basis: five iPads; five desktop computers; five laptop computers; two Galaxy Tabs; SMARTBoard

Key Features: competency-based; student agency;individualized learning paths; online homework; gamification

 
Instructional Closings
Closing Shout-Outs

At the end of each class period, we spend time celebrating the soft skills students exhibited throughout class. Rather than focusing on academic achievements such as tests, we shout out students who show our core values, such as persistence, responsibility, or empathy. This way students get a chance to recognize one another for their support throught class. This ritual also positively reinforces these values, as students feel successful when they get a shout out.

 
Instructional Openings
Power Up

The Power Up is a component of the lesson in which I gamify computational skills that my students have seen in prior lessons, or pre-teach the recall aspects of an upcoming skill. The skill remains the same all week, culminating in an assessment that is tracked. My students use the tracker for investment and to earn Dojo Dollar bonuses in the class economy.

 
 
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