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It is so important to have an opening procedure in your classroom with some type of warm up structure/graphic organizer. At the beginning of the week the students pick up their student planner and at the end of the week the students turn it in for a grade. I have adapted this planner over the years and it includes:
I always start class with a "Do Now" prompt & response and the students complete the task on their student planner! Create prompts that get the students excited about each lesson and assessing their prior knowledge/opinions and post the prompts on your front board. The students write their responses and it should be 4-5 sentences. While they are writing their responses you can take attendance and set up the class. Then the students copy down their learning target (student friendly objective) and homework for the day while you communicate what they are learning and practicing. At the end of class the students have a space to complete an exit slip and rate the quality of the discussion in the classroom. They can also use the discussion stems as a reference for discussions during class.
When the students turn their planners in at the end of the week I randomly select one day to grade. Sometimes it isn't random and I have a specific day that I want to read their responses or assess their understanding (but the students don't know that). I only grade one day for the week and enter the assignment in the gradebook. Before we turn it in on Friday the students complete an evaluation form about their weekly participation. It is a great way to implement metacognition in the class and to allow the student to reflect on their attendance, learning process, behavior, and attitude.