Friday Agenda Request

One of my readers asked if I would share my Friday Agenda Checklist. Why certainly!!!!!! πŸ™‚

Remember it is a LIVING document. We’ve had this in place for 2 weeks, and I’ve already edited the checklist once. πŸ™‚

If you want to read about our Friday Agenda Days you can read this POST #1 or POST #2.

Here’s the checklist!

FRIDAY AGENDA

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More About Our Friday Agenda Day

I use Fridays as our assessment days. They get an agenda that morning for all that they are required to do before the end of the day. I go over it with them. They can work at their own pace and in any order they choose. Some things are individual and some are partner/group if they want. I walk around helping and talking with them. They can do the assignments on paper or computer. I created a gmail for our class so we use google documents on google drive. They have must dos and then can choose from a list of things if they finish.

Lots of discussion, collaboration, thinking, planning going on!

This is my favorite day of the week! Lol!

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One student today said he wished he could do this ALL the time! πŸ™‚

Friday Agenda

Today we did a trial run of our “Friday Agenda” independent assessment day. Boy, that was a mouthful! :).

It was very, um, interesting! I can’t wait I tell you about it. Later this weekend. πŸ™‚

It’s been a long day- drove all over creation this afternoon and tonight spending time with my daughter. SO- look for post this weekend about our new method for assessing/grades!!!!

I’ve been thinking…..

Actually, to say I’ve been thinking is an understatement! I do that all the time. πŸ™‚

But- I’ve been thinking more than usual! About all things related to teaching. There’s so much I want to do this year with my 6th graders, but I’m really doing a pretty good job taking baby steps.

However- now I’ve got something brewing in my mind that I just can’t let go of. It has to do with testing, grades, choice, and independence.

Here’s my rough draft plan that has formulated in my mind:

Fridays are our heavy testing day. Math test, spelling quiz, reading assessment. I’m also going to add history in since I can’t seem to figure out a definite way of getting 6 grades in history each 6 weeks (which is required for all subjects).

So back to my plan.

I’m wanting to make Fridays more of a set your own agenda and work at your own pace kind of day.

I might create a guide sheet to give to the students on Friday mornings with assignments that are due by the end if the day. Then let them plan their own day. With a little guidance and nudging and support if needed.

With built in free time for them to CHOOSE what else to explore, read, learn, do.

Ok- that’s as far as I’ve gotten with my plan. πŸ™‚

I’m wanting to implement it NEXT Friday so stay tuned for a final copy of:

“Shannon has lost her mind even more!”