This is a set of posters that I put above my whiteboard / blackboard at the front of my classroom to help students connect levels to percentage grades to a growth mindset. I print the posters out on coloured paper – green, yellow, and red:
** The “red zone” means, “uh oh, something’s wrong. You need to check what you’re doing.” (Level 1, or Level R)
** The “yellow zone” means, “you’re on the right track and heading in the right direction. (Level 2)
** The “green zone” means “all things are go” and you’re hitting the provincial standard. (Level 3 or higher)
The posters have evolved as I improve my teaching practice. Every year, I tweak them slightly based on what I notice helps students the most. Originally, they were just posters to help students understand a level 3 was a 75%, a level 3+ was a 78% and a level 3- was a 72%
However, they quickly became a teaching tool to try to help my students understand that student work is a spectrum and that no matter where you are on the spectrum, there are specific steps and strategies you can do to try to move higher up in the “green zone”
Download the free zipped file:
* a READ ME FIRST file that explains how I use these posters in my classroom.
* Part 1. Posters (PDF) - 2 files for different sizes of paper (letter and tabloid)
* Part 2. STUDENT HANDOUTS (PDF) - 2 files for different sizes of paper
* Part 3. Powerpoint (PPT) files to edit the posters or to use as a lesson with the posters.
*NOTE - Most people print on regular letter size paper (8.5” x 11”) so if you’re not sure, choose the letter size files. My school has coloured ledger / tabloid paper (11” x 17”) so I tend to go with that because it’s bigger and easier to see from the back of the class.