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How am I Doing?

Every "report card" time, kids will undoubtedly ask, "how am I doing?"

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!

Of course, it's great that they care about their achievement, but seriously, they're in school every day doing the work. They're in class, participating and engaging in work all the time. So, shouldn't they already know how they're doing?

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!


What do you think? Yes, report cards are all about reporting to their parents. They have a right to know how their child is doing. They see the children through homework, encourage them to do well, and want to know about their child's successes! 

This post isn't about report cards and reporting to parents.

It's about giving feedback to the children every single day!

Brain research tells us that frequent feedback is essential to learning. 

A good place to start is making sure every child knows their strengths!

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!
 
I believe in encouraging children every time you see them doing something right. It could be ANYTHING they do well. Here are some examples:
  • staying organized
  • smiling at classmates
  • participating in group discussions
  • greeting classmates when they arrive
  • positive attitude
  • listening
  • following directions
  • getting to work right away
  • following rules
  • working independently
  • staying focused
  • helping classmates
  • helping teacher 
  • putting forth effort
  • showing growth

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!

In fact, this information should be made public. Everyone in the class should know who is good at knowing math facts, and who is good at following directions. All students should know who they can turn to for figuring out an unknown word, solving a math problem, where to find extra supplies, or sketching a cat for their journal. This is all part of the teamwork. And I'm sure you'll agree, all children have strengths!

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!

All children also have areas that need improvement, don't they? The only way they will improve in these areas is if they are aware of their weaknesses and put in the effort to improve them. I prefer to think of these as "skills the child is working on," rather than weaknesses. It's just a bit kinder!

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!

Although the whole world should know the strengths of your students, the opposite is most definitely NOT true!

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!

 

I schedule meetings with individuals every so often. How do I find the time? I meet with individuals instead of reading groups for a couple of days. (See THIS POST to see how I organize this!) I spend a few minutes with each child, and honestly, those few minutes make a world of difference and are totally worth missing a reading group or two!

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!

I use a 2-1-1 strategy! I start with 2 statements about what the child is doing well. These can be about ANYTHING the child is doing in school, as long as it's honest praise. (See THIS POST about giving honest feedback!) 

After the happy celebration, I mention (carefully) one thing the child needs to work on. They usually know, and agree they need to work on this. 

Wanting to leave the conversation with a positive note, I'll mention one more thing the child does well. This doesn't have to be academic, just a little something to keep the conversation upbeat. Quite often, it's something like, "I'm glad you're in my class!"

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!

You've probably already spent a lot of time building relationships with your students, and these personal conversations should simply amplify these relationships. Of course, make sure it ends with a smile!

How do you keep the children informed about their progress?

Kids often ask, "How am I doing," especially around report card time. Here are some suggestions for making sure the children KNOW how they're doing!



Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards!

There are so many reasons to use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards!

Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!

In fact, here are twelve!

#1
They can be used on any device!
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
Seriously, any device! Desktops, laptops, iPads, tablets, iPhones, androids, you name it! It's easy!

#2
They're paperless! 
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!

Unless you want to print out a report, there's no paper involved, ever! There's plenty of practice and assessments for the children, and you can even read all sorts of reports, but no paper!
 
#3
Kids love them!

Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
They really do!

#4
Teachers love them!
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
What's not to love? Easy to use, plenty of feedback, the kids love them... and read on!

#5
They can easily be assigned for homework or remote learning!
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
Parents do love seeing what their children are doing, don't they? It's so easy to send an assignment to the children. (It can be sent through Google Classroom and other platforms, too!)

#6
They can be used while the teacher is with with a group!
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
Boom cards make great centers! They definitely keep the students engaged while the teacher is working with others!
 
#7
They can be used with partners for rich conversations!
 
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
When you get a couple of kids together, they have amazing conversations! These conversations help the children understand what they're learning.

#8
It's easy to differentiate!
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
It's amazingly easy to assign different levels of practice to different students. The teacher can look at the data and determine if the child is ready to move on to the next level.

#9
It's easy to explore and download valuable data!

Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
It's amazingly easy to find information about what the children are doing. I've been known to share this information with students, especially if they're not doing their best on their assignments. (Yes, they've been known to "click through" just to be done) Once I show them their data, we have a little conversation and I always see improvements! (Especially on those math fact fluency systems mentioned above!)


#10
It's interactive and gives immediate feedback!
 
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!

Brain research tells us that immediate feedback is essential in order for learning to happen. Each card of a Boom Learning deck tells the child immediately if they answered correctly or not. Even if they miss the answer, learning is happening. When they've finished the deck, they are rewarded with badges and "gems" depending on how successful they are. (These are very motivating!)

#11
It's easy to use!!
 
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!


Boom Cards are incredibly easy for the teachers as well as the students. See THIS POST to learn more about how to use them!

Boom Learning Digital Task Cards Are Fun and Easy to Use.

#12
There are plenty of decks available!

Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
These are some of the Boom Learning Decks I have... math skills...


Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
 
...literacy skills... 


Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
 ...social studies...
 

Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
... science...
 
 
Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!
... and save money with bundles!
 
These and many other Boom Decks can be found HERE.
 

But here are a few free ones you can try:

Level 1 Boom Learning Fact Fluency Addition and Subtraction
 
 
Vocabulary Builder: Weather Words, Plant Words, or Desserts?
 
Boom Learning Does it Float?
 
July General Knowledge and Trivia (I have one of these for every month, but this one is free. It's not necessary to match this trivia practice to the calendar, they can be done any time of year!)

General Knowledge and Trivia for July

There you go, twelve reasons to use Boom! Plus, a few freebies to try it now! 
 

So now, there's no excuse not to try Boom Learning Digital Task Cards!



Twelve Reasons to Use Boom Learning Digital Task Cards: Do you want to make teaching easier for you and fun for the students? Here are 12 ways!




 

 
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