This agenda is perfect for project based learning assignments including yearbook staff cycles, group projects, long term projects, AVID students, and independent learning activities. Used as a group collaborative but personal agenda, this handout allows students to plan their responsibilities for the week and then keeps them motivated and on task by requiring daily check-ins to ensure students are completing the necessary steps for the project.
For those following the Danielson framework, the agendas support component 3d: Using Assessment in Instruction.
HOW TO USE THE AGENDA:
Students should be given the agenda at the beginning of the week after the project instructions have been thoroughly explained.
Next, students will organize their plan for the week. If you have mini-deadlines, these should be reflected in the first column. Students can either bring you the handout to look over and approve in class or you can take them home Monday and bring them back Tuesday. This step can be skipped but it’s important if you want to ensure the students aren’t skipping steps or wasting their class time.
If students are working in groups, they collaborate during the bell ringer time to make sure everyone understands their personal project responsibilities.
The agenda works as a bell ringer when the students start class each day and as an exit ticket when they record what they were able to complete at the end of the period. Their daily plan may alter from their original weekly plan and that’s ok (they may need more time or there was an interruption in the day’s plan— like a fire drill!)
The agenda should take no more than 5-6 minutes TOTAL from the whole period. Have the students turn the agenda in at the end of the week for an easy formative grade!