Summarizing is a great way to know if a student is understandning the main point of the reading. In this activity from The Big Book of Literacy Tasks, Grades K-8, the student will write a news story to another student explaining the most important points to know from the text read the day before.
Much like the adage “a rising tide lifts all boats,” displaying students’ writing about reading gives all students the opportunity to learn from—and aspire to— the ways of thinking of peers. Check out this activity from What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Nonfiction, Grades 3-8 to learn how to create an effective inspiration wall for your classroom.
This Peer-Assisted Reflection (PAR) activity from Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 3-5, helps you develop strategies for process feedback, which is critical as learners explore the why and the how of specific mathematics content.
Use the following template and lesson plan from Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-8, to help your students analyze each other’s work for a more effective teaching practice.
Included in this excerpt from Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, High School, is a Peer Assisted Review (PAR) activity on on understanding volume formulas. PARs are a great resource to help students reflect on their own thinking and solve meaningful problems.
In this sample excerpt from The Mathematics Lesson-Planning Handbook, Grades 6-8, learn how to construct your own learning intentions and success criterias for your mathematics lesson plans. These intentions help students take ownership of their learning.