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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The #1 Way to Improve Student Behavior



  

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12 comments:

  1. Thank you for the self-assessment papers. I plan to use them with my 4th graders this year. :)

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    1. So glad they were helpful! I'd love to hear how it goes with your 4th graders.

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  2. Love this! As I was reading through your post I was thinking of creating one for non-writers... but then you provided one! Thanks :)

    Sarah
    Years That Ask Questions

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    1. Yea! Glad for once I was thinking ahead! Thanks so much for the comment.

      Jessica

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  3. I think these are great. Do the students fill them out during class time or at home?

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    1. I had them do it at the end of the day on Thursday or Friday am depending on my planning. By doing it at school I got to talk with them as they filled them out. I hope that helps. Thanks for the question.
      Jessica

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  4. Thank you for sharing. I'm going to try this even though we have 28 days left! I was wondering how you introduced it. I have tried other self evaluations through the years and I have had a hard time getting kids to be honest (or at least recognize their behavior issues!)

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    1. Totally get revamping with 28 days left! When I introduced this I guided them through completing. I read the questions and then said, "think about your week... Did you turn in all assignments? If so mark a 5, if you missed one ..a 4, and so on. I would talk then through the entire page. Each week I would guide a little less. I kept a chart on my clipboard with any notes (positive and negative). As I walked around guiding I would see someone give themselves a 5 but miss several assignments. I just said "hmm I see you missed your he on Tuesday." They would always correct.

      To be honest I had way more student be hard on themselves and give 3s when I would have given a 5. I would always ask why. Sometime they would tell something I missed or I would have them be easier on themselves.

      Once I got through the guiding stage I would read them before sending home and either have students edit or add my own comments.

      You will find that they are pretty honest. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask anymore questions, especially once you get started. Thanks for the question!

      Jessica

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  5. Thank you for sharing. I'm going to try this even though we have 28 days left! I was wondering how you introduced it. I have tried other self evaluations through the years and I have had a hard time getting kids to be honest (or at least recognize their behavior issues!)

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  6. I love this idea so much! How would you handle students who don't assess honestly though? I have one in mind that intentionally does the opposite of what anyone asks.

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  7. Totally understand that. I found that most of the time even those difficult kids liked the responsibility and if the parents knew that it came from them up front, they appreciated it.
    I never sent them home without my approval. A short conference with the student always helped to make sure that it was accurate.
    Me: I see you gave yourself a 5 on "Turning in all Assignments." But my chart here says you missed one on Monday and Wednesday. What is a better rating for this week?

    If they don't fix it, then I do (IN PEN) and write a little note about it.
    Usually after 1-2 conferences they get it right.

    I hope that this helps both you and your students.
    Jessica

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  8. Wonderful assessment idea! I'll use it with my third graders this year. Help me out with something - What do you use the part about "I have_____ papers in my folder this week." for?

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