I have had such a fun time this summer finding things that will be AMAZING in my classroom!! With Pinterest, the activities are endless. It has become a personal fight with myself to decide what is actually feasible to get accomplished. Needless to say, I have been in the process of making some of the things I have found this summer. This post is about one of my favorite things I found. I actually found it on a great blog, to the square inch. I think she got it from someone else who got it from someone else. Well, either way….. I put my spin on it and took it to another level with the great backgrounds I got from Scrappin Doodles.
I am a HUGE questioner when I teach. I answer questions with a question, and I rarely ever give the answers myself. I always hated being put on the spot with a question (whether I knew the answer or not), and I hate the thought of putting one of my students on the spot (unless I can tell they aren’t paying attention). When I saw this folder, I knew it was absolutely perfect for my class. You can give students a question, give them time to think about the answer, and let them answer without others seeing their answer until you ask for it. It makes for a quick and easy, on the spot, visual assessment. If students don’t know an answer, and it was asked to the whole class, they will wait and see what the other students are answering. This way, they have to have their own answer.
What is it you are asking? Well, it’s a folder. There are also several “answer cards.” The other blog had some different cards, but I felt I didn’t need some of those and tailored it to my class. The outside of the folder says “and the answer is……”, the inside is blank. I have made a yes/no, true/false, and a set of a,b,c,d cards for students to answer with.
I also went to Wal-Mart and got some velcro dots. I placed one inside of the folder, and the other velcro side on each of the cards. This way I can have the students raise up their folders to show me their answers, and they won’t fall out. I also laminated everything, because I plan on using these throughout the year (knowing sixth graders, I’m sure I’ll end up making more than one set during the year.) I can not wait to use these in class this year. I think it is a perfect addition to my teaching style.