This strategy helps to build a manageable system allowing students to analyze their learning data regularly, set meaningful goals aligned with this analysis and meet one-on-one with their teacher regularly to review with the progress they are making in relation to their personal goals. It is applicable to every grade level, including kindergarten, and to any content area.
Repeat this cycle for every major assessment.
Start small. Do not try to do this for every assessment right away, or even every standard. Give yourself enough time between the assessments you will want your students to do this. This way, they will have time to work on their goals, you will have time to support this work with your one-on-one conferences and small group interventions, and you will able to celebrate progress!
Schedule yourself during their self-paced work time. For example, if this is going to last 45 minutes, it can look like this:
9:00-9:10: Help them get started
9:10-9:30: 20 min small group intervention on Simplification of Fractions
9:30-9:45: 3 one-on-one conferences with Jamal, Aliyiah and Noah
SECRET #1: Have them analyze their data within 48 hours of taking an assessment. Also, let students color skills green, yellow, or red with a crayon. OR even better, have them do it electronically and highlight them on Google Drive. It will help them visualize it better!
SECRET #2: The first time I had students analyze their data and set goals, I underestimated how long it would take students to complete this. So, the next time I did, I chunked it and had them first look at the power standards and then the standards they missed the most in.
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