Differentiate homework & give students choice... Students choose when to do deliberate practice in math 20 min. [review (meet expectations) or take on a challenge (exceed expectations), & in literacy [write for 60 min./week & read for 60 min./week.] Logging what they have done & showing their progress to the teacher throughout the week is mandatory.
Alternatives to Homework Chart
At open house parents put their wish for the year in it.... Tells a lot.
AMAZING!! Automatic Seating Chart Maker. Allows you to enter relationships between students and gives you a happiness percentage based on your preferences. All you have to do is type in your students names and add in the needs and relationships. Awesome!!!
Classroom door... also has good ideas about real assessment
First, he blows some bubbles and, as expected, the kids all pop them. Then, he challenges them to NOT pop the bubbles even if one lands on the tip of their nose. Introduce the concept of self control and launch a discussion about stopping to think before you act. Dustin refers to it as a "bullet" in your year that you can refer back to again and again. "Think about that time when we didn't pop the bubbles..."
Evidence Based Terms for Constructed Response, Need to make this NOW
Trace hands and feet and then fill in a self-portrait!