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I thought I’d share this free poster I use in my room to remind my 7th graders the order to follow on NoRedInk for each unit we complete. (Note: right now the document is the size of a piece of paper. We have a poster maker in our school. If you do not have one, this might not be of use to you.)
When I say this poster helps students know what order to follow for each “unit,” I’m not talking about huge amounts of material. For instance, I use this order for all “units” such as “Embedding Quotations,” “Identifying Subjects and Verbs,” and “Capitalizing and Formatting Titles.”
(These are all in the lessons section on NoRedInk.)
Order to follow for Mastery:
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A. Unit Diagnostic: If students make it into the green, they compact out.
Do some teaching of the concept for students who do not compact out. Just telling them to read the lessons on NoRedInk does not work for most (at least in my experience). I do individual whiteboard lessons.
B. Practice 1: Students complete each section and reach mastery. They cannot complete the section without reaching mastery. The program keeps going back each time they make a mistake.
C. Quiz 1: Students who make it into the green – 90%—are done.
D. Practice 2: Students complete each section and reach mastery. They cannot complete the section without reaching mastery. I spend a lot of time sitting with them for this practice, so they don’t give up.
E. Growth Quiz: I tell them “Don’t do ‘E’ without me.” If they have been working this long on one concept, I give them moral support and watch to see mistakes they might be making so I can help. I don’t want them to burn out and/or give up.
Students go in order of the alphabet. (Yes, some of them have to be told over and over.) So when they say “What do I do next” I remind them to go in order of the alphabet until they get into the green (90%).