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We continue to look at student self-assessment in this week's Big Fresh. This is the second installment of a two-part newsletter series.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills share the process of helping students set weekly goals and then reflect on their progress every Friday.
Gigi McAllister gives a brief explanation of how her thinking on goal setting has changed, as well as the ways she uses student goals to connect with parents.
Mark Levine uses the "daily record" to encourage reflection throughout each day's workshop in his social studies classroom.
Carly Ullmer transfers a messy goal-setting protocol to her seventh graders, and in the process finds they take on more accountability for individual success.
Student self-assessment is the focus of this week's Big Fresh. This is the first installment of a two-part newsletter series.
Gigi McAlliister has her fourth graders consider what makes a reading goal measurable.
Bitsy Parks has her first graders complete a quick reading reflection before a share session early in the school year.
Melanie Meehan shares a wealth of ideas for better goal-setting with students.
Ruth Ayres finds there can be a difference between questions in writing conferences that inspire an enthusiastic response, and those that foster more reflection and independence.
Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan take a child step by step through the process of creating a meaningful writing goal.
Audio and visual tools are the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Gretchen Schroeder finds visual essays are a fun option for her high school students to present what they have learned just before Christmas break.
Gigi MicAllister gives step-by-step advice on how she set up voice-recorded response as an option in her fourth-grade classroom.
If you're interested in launching student podcasts, Matt Renwick has resources and tips for getting started.
Tara Barnett and Kate Mills use the Sara Bareilles song Brave to help their fourth-grade students move from bed-to-bed to more emotive writing early in the year.
We are wired for story, and sometimes children living hard lives need to learn how to rewrite their story. Ruth Ayres shares the teacher's role in the process.
Courage is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Revising writing is the focus of this week's Big Fresh.
Jennifer Allen finds the use of a story map opens up revision possibilities for a young writer stuck in a drafting rut.
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