Thumbs Up, I Get This!: Thumbs Up, I Get This!

 
 
 
Thumbs Up, I Get This!
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Assessment & Data

Thumbs Up, I Get This!

I make sure that my students have heard the directions I've given using this simple but effective check for understanding strategy. Having students repeat directions or an expectation provides them with an opportunity to re-state or clarify their understanding. For example, if a student responds incorrectly, I don't just move on to another student all the time. I ask the same question in a different way so that my student who initially responded incorrectly, unclearly, or incompletely has another opportunity to answer with more clarity. Thumbs Up, I Get This! is another way to hold students accountable during their independent time. 

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Poster
 
 
This sheet is posted above the whiteboard where direct instruction happens so that my students are able--either independently throughout the lesson or with teacher prompting--to provide instant feedback on how the lesson is going for them. This strategy allows for a quick way to assess formatively how students are understanding the lesson or directions in the classroom.
 
Poster
 
 
This sheet is posted above the whiteboard where direct instruction happens so that my students are able--either independently throughout the lesson or with teacher prompting--to provide instant feedback on how the lesson is going for them. This strategy allows for a quick way to assess formatively how students are understanding the lesson or directions in the classroom.
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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A positive classroom culture promotes student engagement, efficiency, and academic growth. Culture influences how and why students learn and ties the students to the teacher on a personal level. Check out the video below to see how Raul’s culture impacts student achievement!

 
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