Communication with Students
Throughout the week, whenever the students are working independently and I have a minute, I call students over to write down their missing work. Each student is asked to bring their agenda and I go over the work that is missing. It’s quick and easy, and as they write the work in their agenda, they know what they need to work on/find/turn in. This way, there is no mystery about what they have gotten credit for – it’s all right there on the page.
At the end of the week, the charts are used to determine which students have turned in all of their work that week. We hold a weekly All Done/Undone Club to motivate/assist students. The details will be in a future post. My teammate and I sit down to compare our charts: anyone who is missing work in either class is “undone”, anyone who has all work turned in is “all done”. This process takes about 5 minutes, which is about the amount of time we have available to spend on this task. J During the Undone Club, we use the charts as a guide for students as they work on assignments.
Communication with Parents
The charts serve another purpose: letting parents see how their children are doing. Any time parents want to know if their child has turned in work, either we can check the chart and email them or the parents can stop by the classroom and check for themselves. Since the work is checked in often, the charts are generally more up-to-date than the online gradebook.