Sunday, October 26, 2014

Student Feedback

Happy Sunday!  I wanted to take a break from grad school and lesson plans to give you a sneak peek into how I involve students in holding themselves accountable, evaluating their classmates, and evaluating daily lessons.

Mastering Math Talk


I always begin the year helping students develop a sense of mathematical community by understanding how to talk to one another while problem solving. I often give students three conversation starters, and then over the first month of school, they help to develop an entire list of math talk starters. The Math Talk statements are typed, printed on cardstock, laminated and placed in my table buckets. Usually, by January, students are holding themselves accountable and using these statements without the cards. It's amazing how much these conversation starters can enhance a lesson. These kiddos can talk math, y'all :)




I will be writing an entry soon on how my students used their Mastering Math Talk cards while completing a Strategy Harvest. Keep an eye out!



 Sticky Note Feedback

Sticky notes are an essential piece to my everyday lessons. I use them in a variety of ways, but my favorite, by far, is utilizing stickies for student feedback. My students work in groups often, sharing multiple strategies in order to arrive at a common solution. I am absolutely amazed with what students are developing, but I sometimes feel like my students are not able to see the finished product of all of their classmates'. Since students are busy working in small groups, I needed to come up with a meaningful, time sensitive way for students to examine, reflect upon, and evaluate each other's work.

My solution: sticky notes. In this lesson students worked in groups to solve multi-step word problems involving metric and customary conversions. Students developed a poster representing all strategies and problem solving steps then posted their solutions around the room. Once students were finished, they each took 4 sticky notes, walked around the room, and provided feedback to each group. Students could write what they liked abut the other groups' strategies or offer suggestions about how strategies, methods, and organization could have been improved. After the Feedback Gallery Walk, students returned to their original posters, read the feedback, and discussed the compliments, constructive criticism, and suggestions with their groups.

Talk. About. Meaningful. 

This activity held students accountable, showed me that they know my mathematical expectations and now know what to expect from their classmates, and helped students see that different strategies and methods can be used to solve the same problem. 





 Lesson Feedback

Have you ever been just over the moon about a lesson, but then sometimes, the students don't quite reciprocate the same sense of excitement? I've been there!  Or sometimes I'm just left guessing how effective a lesson actually was with my students.  My solution...

Lesson and Class Feedback


At the end of my lesson, students have a choice on how to provide feedback. My kiddos can give me feedback on the lesson: what activities they liked, something they would like to do again, what they want to see changed, what they didn't like, or how the lesson helped!  Students can also give class feedback: How did the class persevere together today? How did you feel the class performed as a whole during group work? Is there a way we can improve a a class on this topic?
Students have a choice on where to place their sticky, but can only post one sticky a day.  I LOVE reading these!  I also keep them up until the next day so that students can read what their classmates have written. My sweet friends also love when I utilize their feedback in future lessons or just mention their suggestions :)  I care about what they think, and I want to do everything I can to help them learn. This strategy has helped me learn so much about my fourth graders and how they learn. Check out some of their stickies....





 See...they will be honest :) The next time we did a SCOOT, we tried partner solving!




Hope you can use these ideas!  I'd love to hear how you utilize student feedback within your lessons, so please comment below!  Have a fantastic last week of October :)