This resource is used for student reflection purposes.
We all know that students need to be engaged throughout the learning and that we, as teachers, must check in to see how much of what we’re putting out is actually being picked up by our students. That’s where L.O.U. comes in.
L.O.U. stands for Level of Understanding and using this system can help students start to take ownership of their learning each day. Having a system in place to check for understanding is helpful for you of course. You can easily ask the students, “What’s your L.O.U.?” and they can respond quickly with a number that allows you to assess where they are in understanding your lesson. But, where this is truly helpful, is for the students themselves. As students become familiar with the levels and the process, you will find that they start to internalize this. They will start to ask themselves as they are listening to a new lesson or being asked to try a new task.
Students need to know that it is ok if they do not understand something the first time it is presented. We all have areas that might be more of a challenge and we need to encourage our students to recognize that we can grow in our learning. On Monday, we may be at a 1, but in a couple of days or weeks, with practice, we could work our way up to a level of 5 and be helping other students in the class who might be struggling.
These posters can be posted around the room so that students can familiarize themselves with the meanings of each level. Just like any system in your class, you will have to teach students what the levels mean and give them examples as the year goes of what a 1 through 5 really looks or feels like.
Included is a set of cards that can be cut out (in both color and grayscale). They can be placed in Ziploc baggies for individual students or a group, or they an be put on a binder ring so they are easily flipped.
Once your students understand the levels, you could even ask them to write their L.O.U. level down on their work that they turn in. This way, you can easily see how students are feeling about their work and their understanding.
Posters are included in both color and grayscale and there are two different versions. They have different wording, and you can decide which works for you. We created one to be more for understanding questions that the students are answering and the other to be more of understanding a concept being taught. You can choose which will work for your classroom. Hope y’all enjoy!
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