Similar to stars and wishes, the "glow and grow" strategy is a perfect tool for my students to use when reflecting and assessing their own, or a peer's work, or for me to use during formal or summative assessments. Basically, students (or teachers) use a "glowing" highlighter (we use bright yellow) to show what was done really well, and a "growing" green highlighter to show areas that could use some improvement. I made a quick anchor chart to introduce this strategy to my students today. (Please excuse the quality of pictures in this post. I forgot my camera at home today, and had to use my iPad).
Yellow highlighters were easy to find, but green highlighters were nowhere to be found. So for now, I did the next best thing - green crayons. I used an elastic to keep the two colours together (and make it quick and easy for the students to get their supplies), and organized them in a bucket in a central location in the class. (I actually have a set for all students in the class, this was what was left in the bucket while the students were working).
OK - armed with our new strategy, my students began to use it to assess some exemplars from our provincial testing (they had actually just completed the same writing prompt earlier today). They worked in pairs to highlight glowing and growing areas in the exemplars, then gave the pieces an overall mark and reasons why. LOVED the accountable talk that was going on with my students as I was walking around the classroom! (Fingers crossed that this accountable talk wasn't just beginner's luck, and they don't tire of this strategy).
This reflection was from one of my students on an I.E.P. who really struggles with writing. His reflection was AMAZING - bang on!
So excited about this new (and quick and easy) strategy. Thanks for a great idea, Beth!!!
Happy Monday! (And YAY for 4 day weeks!!!)