Research has shown that students achieve more when they are familiar with the lesson's objectives and are able to self monitor their learning. Students use learning scales to help self-monitor their learning. This is based off of the research of Robert Marzano, and is now widely used as a part of teacher evaluation systems throughout the country.
Included in this product:
-Woodland Creature/Forest Theme/Fall or Autumn Themed posters to hang in your classroom as a daily student reference and resource
-A blank "I Can" statement template
-Learning scales bookmarks for students
The learning scale ranges in numbers from 1-4. Students rate themselves as a 1,2,3, or 4 for lessons and/or independent practice with various subjects and skills. Students become more aware of where they are with their learning on a particular lesson and/or objective.
It is important that you and your students know that any number on the learning scale is not “bad”. If a student is at a 1 or 2 on the learning scale, this simply means that we will work to help him/her learn the objective or skill in a different way. Your student can expect more support with mastery of that particular skill.
Be sure that a daily objective is posted (or an “I Can” statement) in order for students to be able to rate themselves effectively. I have also found that making anchor charts that shows what a “1” looks like for a specific skill/objective versus a “3” can greatly help students increase understanding and monitor their own learning progress more effectively.
Ideas for formative assessments: Have students hold up a finger indicating where they feel like they are at before a lesson, during a lesson and after a lesson. Students could also write a number on the top of a worksheet or Exit Ticket. These can be used to help you form small groups. You could use the bookmarks in small groups. Students can move a paperclip or point to where they feel like they are at in their learning.