These editable Activator Summarizer Sheets (Do Now, Warm Up, Bell Ringer – whatever you may call them) are perfect for a middle school or high school classroom! They are a great back to school resource but able to be implemented at any time during the school year!
Students are held accountable every class. I call these my Activator Summarizer Sheets and students know to pick their sheets up on the way in and drop them off in the designated basket on the way out. These sheets are graded every day. They are very quick to grade and are SO worth it because I can communicate with students efficiently about their classroom behavior, work ethic, and overall grade (See my policy below). Most importantly, students see that every single class is important- not only to show up, but also to remain focused and engaged the ENTIRE period. Lastly, students see these sheets as “gaining” points for their effort each lesson. They come to terms that you are fair with the point system and if they had been misbehaving and lost points, they admit and accept it the next day when they receive their Activator Summarizer Sheet. Most of the time, they apologize, too! It’s wonderful. If the class has a great day, reward them all with an extra point added to each student’s paper in that class. I guarantee you that your classroom management will improve! Students will strive to gain “extra” points.
Okay, so here is my policy:
The entire sheet is worth 60 points. Each row is worth 6 points and each row represents one class day. Students aim to gain all 6 points for any given day. They must write the date, which receives no points. Then they copy the Learning Goal that is written on the board or on the PowerPoint. Students receive 2 points for simply copying this down. They then complete the activator (Do Now, Warm Up) to gain 2 points for the correct answer. I let the students chat last year but am probably making this a silent Activator this coming year. Either way, I go over the correct method and answer or I have a student come to the front and present. This should mean that by this point in class, students have a total of 4 EASY points out of 6 for the entire day. Now I usually do my lesson, notes, activity, whatever it may be that given class. At the end of class, I have the students complete a summarizer question (Bell Ringer). This is worth a total of 2 points. I do NOT go over this answer. The students must have paid attention that class in order to answer the question correctly. If they are not correct, they receive 1 point for trying and writing something. If nothing is written in any given box, the student receives a 0 in that box. You add up the points in the row for the final score for the day. I write the score in the date section as +6 (or whatever the student has earned that day) and circle it.
Now, if a student does not get something correct on any given box for the day, I give 1 point rather than 2 as long as they tried.
If a student is ABSENT, I give the student 5 out of 6 points for the whole day if they make that row up. If they don’t, I give 3 out of 6 points for the day. Some may say this is harsh but I want students to see every day matters. If a student loses this paper, then they must start over and I don’t give full credit.
I score the entire sheet out of 60 points in the grade book as AS Sheet #1, AS Sheet #2, etc. I copy these double sided and we keep the same papers for 10 class days. I keep these until we move on to the next trimester and then I clean out!
The best part is that this is editable and you can change the policy and template to your liking! These are a great resource for parent teacher conferences. This is the best day by day, minute by minute data you can provide to parents when they are not sure why students are receiving certain grades.
Finally, if you have any questions that were not clear, please do not hesitate to ask.