Originally posted Sept. 10, 2008
By Lisa Dieker, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando
As a new teacher I bet you are already overwhelmed with needing to be accountable for grades, assessments, homework, and parent communication. Here are some simple things that you might consider to do/use to make your job a little easier.
1. Remember daily assessments can really help you understand what students know or don't know.
a. Consider starting and ending with a KWL strategy (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I Learned). This site provides more info on the KWL strategy and a form you might want to use in your classroom.
b. Try giving students an entrance and exit slip: as they enter, on a scrap piece of paper write what knowledge they are entering with related to today's topic. As they exit, they are to provide a three-sentence summary of what they know (can be for a grade or does not have to be graded but should be reviewed).