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Posted on Aug 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Getting Organized for Back To School 2014

Student Information & Formative Assessment Aid

Get to Know Student Learning Styles Quickly

We’re headed toward reporting back to school, and at about this time I start cleaning up my computer files and re-doing documents.  I came across this Learning Style Inventory.

I have students answer this handout during the first few days so that I can have a general idea of what their learning styles are like. It helps so much to know some basic student information as I put them in pairs, in groups, and start picking up their work.  When I have encouraged students to write more about themselves on the back in English or in the target language, I have received some frank, personal, and sometimes fascinating information. This form is CONFIDENTIAL. It is invaluable information for connecting with parents and other teachers.

  1. Connecting with Students Personally. Set up a 3 minute one on one conference with each student and discuss his or her answers from the inventory. Take notes.
  2. Differentiation. Rotate students into mixed-talent groups according to their strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Differentiation. As students select project-choices make sure they don’t choose the same type of project all year.
  4. Differentiation. Assign students tasks, assignments, projects, and assessments based on their strengths and then then based on weaker, emerging areas.

Formative Assessment Data Tracking- The Visual Seating Chart

Need to keep track of how your students participate and informally perform in class? We can’t teach without the VISUAL SEATING CHART because it does both for us.  It’s a simple, paper and pencil tool to track the participation and the behavior of your students. And, it doubles as a written record of student participation and behavior. Great Documentation!

Blank Visual Seating Chart
  1. Draw or CAD the seating arrangement of your classroom using squares, rectangles, or circles as the student-desks. Maker sure these desk-symbols are big enough for the student’s name and your notes.
  2. Make several copies of this empty seating chart to use for all of your classes.
  3. Label each empty seating chart with the class section number or name.
  4. Write in the students’ names on to the desks; one filled out form for each class.
  5. We put these on a clip-board every class and we put the exact class section’s seating chart in the schedule’s order.
  6. Explain to students that you’ll keep track of their participation and you’ll take notes on them each and every class. I encourage teachers to show students their notes too; complete transparency.
  7. Transfer the daily information or data in to your grade book as participation points or in another way that you use.
Completed Visual Seating Chart

Here is a printable Visual Seating Chart handout of How To’s



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