Reflection: Checks for Understanding First Day of School - Section 4: Closure


The parking lot can be an effective strategy.  Can be is the key phrase here.  It can also be disastrous.

The parking lot is divided up into four sections. There's a section for questions, comments, connections, and an OMG I GET IT! section. 

Students use sticky notes to write comments or questions and then place them on the parking lot.  This strategy is most effective when students can put their comments on the parking lot throughout the period, but there's a lot that can go wrong with middle schoolers.The biggest problem I've found is when I leave the sticky notes on the desks (like in supply boxes), the notes often disappear or students use them for drawing paper.

I wish I could use the parking lot more throughout the year, and maybe someday I'll figure out the perfect solution.  For the first day of school, it works well.

  Checks for Understanding: The Parking Log
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First Day of School

Unit 1: Laying the Foundations: Teaching Routines, Procedures, and Expectations through Authentic Activities
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to determine main ideas in a letter by reading, writing, and discussing letters from last year's seventh graders.

Big Idea: Rules, rules everywhere, but what in the world is this year going to be like?

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