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Write – Rate – Revisit

question mark on a sticky note against grained wood

question mark on a sticky note against grained wood

Great teachers are always looking for ways to gauge their teaching in terms of what they can do better or gaining a better understanding of what students need.  This instructional strategy provides teachers with this information.

Step 1:  Introduce the topic that students will be learning about.

Step 2:  Tell students to write three things they expect to learn about this topic.  Refer to this as their “expectations sheet.”  (Students will set this aside.)

Step 3:  After the lesson, have the students get their expectations sheet out and rate each of the three expectations on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest) on how the lesson matched their expectations.

Step 4:  Complete a synthesis activity such as a partner share, a low-stakes writing reflection, or a parking lot where students post on sticky notes expectations that were not met.

Step 5:  Use this information to reflect on instruction and design learning opportunities for the next day to address student learning needs.

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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