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Monday, January 12, 2015

Showing My Understanding Magnetic Display

One of my favorite educational supply companies is Teacher Created Resources. Recently, they contacted me and asked me if I wanted to try out some of their magnetic labels. I jumped at the chance, of course! 

Right away, I knew what I wanted to do with them.

I use the Marzano scales to check for understanding. I decided this year that I was going to use the scales predominately to access my students' understanding of the weekly phonics skill(s). 

Up until I had these magnets, we were doing frequent heart checks. I would tell my students the learning goal for the week and articulate the specific target goals for each score. Then, my students would hold up 1, 2, 3, or 4 fingers. This was working well, but once I saw these magnets, I knew they would make a wonderful addition to my showing my understanding anchor chart.

This picture shows part of my focus wall. On the bottom of the picture, you can see my showing my understanding anchor chart. I labeled each magnet with my students' names. 

Now, after I articulate each target goal, my students place their magnet under the score that best describes their ability at that moment in time. My target goals are very specific to the skill being taught, so my students know exactly where they score.


Here are some close-ups!




I love how this display is very accessible to the children, as it allows them to move their magnet when they feel they are ready to move to the next score. The children enjoy being in charge of their learning and monitoring themselves as the week goes on. This display makes it very easy for me to help track my students' progress, give extra help, if needed, and celebrate success.

If you are interested in purchasing these magnets for your classroom, you can find them here. They come 30 to a pack. You can use the rest for other things, like I do! They are easy to write on and wipe off, and the magnet is powerful.

If you are interested in my showing my understanding anchor chart, just leave a comment, with your email (or email me!) and I'll send it to you.

107 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I'd love to check out the anchor chart. My email is rachel.coots@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  2. I love this! huckabeelauren@gmail.com

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  3. I love this! Great idea! My email is emilyhurstsutherland@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  4. Your anchor chart looks great! Thanks! ivoryroses83@hotmail.com

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  5. Such a great idea! engiibrahim11@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  6. You are brillant! Chrissy.Libutti@aps.edu

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  7. This is such a great idea! I'd love a copy of the chart. Ica625@aol.com

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  8. Sent them to everyone above this reply! Enjoy!

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  9. Thank you! kmarczak@laschools.us

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  10. I would love to see your anchor chart for understanding. Thanks :)
    lauramw172@gmail.com

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  11. I am always looking for ways to make my classroom student-centered and this is great! I'd love a copy, carawoodward@gmail.com

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  12. I would love a copy too! It looks great! hannarose329@gmail.com

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  13. Awesome idea. I would love a copy. My email is rmooy4@gmail.com. Thanks.

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  14. WOW- such a great idea!! I would definitely appreciate a copy... warnerem@hotmail.com Thank you :)

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  15. I would love to have a copy! Thanks! Culver_Jane@443mail.org

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  16. I've been looking for how to do something like this. I'd love a copy! Steffi.lyle@gmail.com

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  17. I would love a copy of your anchor charts. Thank you so much for sharing! Jcharris@ suddenlink.net

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    1. I would love a copy of your anchor charts! Thanks!!!
      jlinn4@hotmail.com

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  18. I'd love your checking for understanding anchor chart, please! mary_c_phillips@yahoo.com

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  19. This would work perfectly in my classroom! PLEASE send it to me at elise.tilson@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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  20. I would love this resource for my classroom. THANKS BUNCHES! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog 5krocksblog@gmail.com

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  21. I love these! I can not wait to start this with my students!!! Thank you:) Amy_Laude@gateschili.org

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  22. LOVE the signs!! We also use Marzano for our evaluation system. I'd love to see how you prepare for your formal evaluation(s) and how your school/district implements learning goals and scales. There is a lot of wiggle room in our district right now, so I'd love to see a blog post from you if you're planning on doing one!! :)

    Breanne
    breannesimons@gmail.com
    (I'd love to have the posters!!)

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  23. I would love a copy!! Mary.williams@jordandistrict.org

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  24. I would love a copy. rma4635@yahoo.com. Thanks!!!

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  25. nhuggenberger@gmail.com
    LOVE THIS!!

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  26. WOW! You continually AMAZE me! :) 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com Love the chart! :)

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  27. I would love them! mdbachman15@comcast.net

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  28. Thank you for sharing your great idea. I would love to use this in my classroom. Heathermphillips4@gmail.com

    Thank you

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  29. Lori, this is amazing!!! Great post - pinning it now! :) I'd definitely love to try it out in my classroom! applesfora@gmail.com
    -Elyse @ A is for Apples

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  30. I am so impressed. I just ordered myself the magnets and would love to have these in my classroom. Thank you so much! clbelitz@msn.com

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  31. My team and I were just talking about this. I would love to have a copy of your show ing my understanding my email is dlogan3@msn.com thanks so much

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  32. I would love a copy as we use Marzano as well. We are doing a gradual release into using the scales all the time, but I have to start using them more and more!! Thank you for sharing!! rhoff@kyrene.org

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  33. I would love a copy also. I am still having a hard time having kids display their names when some will fall into the one scale quite frequently. How do you deal with that? penpup2@gmail.com

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    1. I definitely understand your thinking! I had a long talk with my students and explained that the scales are just for them and for me. And not to worry about where everyone else is. And I went on and on. They seemed to understand what I was saying and take it to heart. I have several low kids and they have no problem putting themselves as a 1 or 2. You could always put numbers on the magnets, instead. Or have everyone choose a different word to put on their magnet. If I had the type of class who would tease each other, I wouldn't make it so public. I used to use labeled strips and my students would put on a clothespin and then I would collect them. It worked well, but this display is way more fun for the children and much easier to keep referring to.

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  34. I'd love this! Thank you! Mrsamynovellino@gmail.com

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  35. I would like this please! christine.woodward@menomoniecatholic.org

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  36. I WAS against Marzano at first, mainly because our county made it mandatory and told us we had to do it certain ways. When my principal allowed us to utilize scales & goals the way we enjoy it, THEN I understood the importance behind it! Love what you did here! My 3rd graders were shy about being completely honest in front of the whole class, so we used small dice that they could hide as I checked and walked around.

    Fishing for Education Blog

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    1. Love the dice idea! I have also used laminated strips, labeled with the scales, and my students would use a labeled clothespin. That worked well.

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  37. PLease send this to me......it looks great! Cheers!
    the_sky_family@btinternet.com

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  38. I love your charts, perfect for Formative Assessment! I'd love a copy, if you're still sharing! Cyurko@norwinsd.org. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  39. this looks like just what I need!! OUr school wants the kids to monitor themselves, so I was working on exit slips, but this looks even better.. The magnets look great and the price isn't so bad! Would I be able to get a copy of your charts? Thanks for sharing. jimandamykuti@gmail.com

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  40. Another great idea..please share. ..lauraekey55@gmail.com

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  41. I am trying to find a place in my classroom for a focus board. I love your. Thanks for offering to share. susan.strautz@marshall.k12.mn.us

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  42. These look amazing. :) rmshort@gmail.com

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  43. I would love this! Thank you! jblanda@transfigurationmn.org
    Julie

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  44. I love how you have the students monitor their own learning. I would love to have these posters to use in my own classroom. Thank you for being willing to share your posters and how you use them.
    Missie
    weaverme@rss.k12.nc.us

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  45. These look awesome!! I love the idea of having students self-assess their own learning. My email is stacycunningham86@gmail.com

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  46. I love what you did with the anchor charts to have students show their understanding. I would appreciate you sharing them with me. pparrish1@twc.com Thank you so much for sharing.

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  47. Would love to see the anchor
    Cyu@bergencharter.org

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  48. I would love your anchor charts- thanks so much
    Mazbather@optusnet.com.au

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  49. Love the polka dots! I would like a copy of your anchor chart. Thanks for offering to share.
    carolt1954@gmail.com

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  50. Thanks for sharing! I would love a copy!
    llcalkin@hotmail.com

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  51. Thanks for sharing!! Love it! Kimchaiken@gmail.com

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  52. Thanks for sharing! Janinnej@hotmail.com

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  53. I need to learn to read more closely! I just spent a long time looking for these amazing 'show your understanding' sheets in your TPT store. I was about to ask your through the comments box, how I could get a set, and you must be a mind reader. Thanks for being so generous and sharing this product. They will be up this week in a classroom in Alberta, Canada!
    sherrymatheson@gmail.com

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  54. Hi! I just came across your anchor charts...great idea! I would love to have a copy if you wouldn't mind sharing. Thanks so much!
    lmweber7@msn.com

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  55. I would also love this resource for my kinders. I have the name magnets :) Thanks so much!

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  56. My school also uses the Marzano scale, so I would love a copy of these. I also have a couple questions for you and the other teachers out there: Since I don't have a magnetic whiteboard, nor are clothespins easy to find where I am (Colombia), what is another way you would recommend using these besides having kids keep resticking tape to our brick walls (and it constantly falling off). Second, as another teacher mentioned, I'm a bit concerned with having this so public since some kids will inevitably always be in a lower spectrum. We frequently discuss how we all have different strengths, and I encourage honest reflection (for those kids that always think they're higher), but how do you manage this in your rooms? Thanks! My email is ccwoodward1989@gmail.com

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    1. If you read a few comments before you, someone mentions a great idea using dice! That could work for you! Also, I replied to someone who commented before you about how I introduce this to my class and how I keep them from saying anything about those who put themselves in the lower scales. I hope it helps you!

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  57. I would love to have a copy of these. So perfect! kcs15@mcsdk12.org Thanks so much!

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  58. Great! I would love these. mforrest@holmes.k12.ms.us

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  59. I would love these please!- kwassner@chacademy.org

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  60. I would love, love, love to have a copy of your posters too!!! Thank you so very much for sharing your great ideas!!! astarbuck@gradyschool.com

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  61. I am interested, thank you. bassettlau@pcsb.org

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  62. I LOVE your posters and the idea of how you use them with the magnet labels. I would love a set of those awesome posters. crafty1@usa.net

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  63. You are wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing! jennh13@aol.com

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  64. Just found this...such a great idea! I would love to check it out. mlloyd@bacavalley.com Thanks!!

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  65. I love your anchor chart. Thanks for sharing!! jgoetz5ATgmailDOTcom

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  66. Rchoi@portervilleschools.org love the charts and name magnets for kids to move themselves! Great ideas.

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  67. I really love these charts - and I'm so glad a friend just sent me the link. I would appreciate a copy and thank you for your generosity. Kathleen in NJ KSEnnis@gmail.com

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  68. I love them. Can' twait to begin to use them with my kids. Eppingjl@twc.k12.wi.us or wolfpack32069@gmail.com

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  69. I would love for you to please send me a copy of your Showing my understanding anchor chart.Thank you so much.
    preciousjewel723@yahoo.com

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  70. I would love a copy of the anchor chart please! Thank you for sharing! vtabamo@gmail.com

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  71. Are you still emailing the charts? I hope so. My email is how_rd2006@yahoo.com
    Thanks!

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  72. Been participating in a book study on Hattie's visible learning...would appreciate you sending your charts...THANK YOU FOR SHARING!... klamathsailor@gmail.com

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  73. Love these charts! Would you mind sending them to me? I would love to use them in my classroom! My email is tla0091@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  74. Love your charts! Great idea with magnetic labels with students names. Please send me your Showing Understanding Anchor Charts...karen.caroffino@gmail.com

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  75. nsneed06@gmail.com...I love these charts, please send them to me when you can

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  76. Love these charts. Can't find them on tpt. Would love to have them! Thanks! simsjjeh@comcast.net

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  77. Would love a copy! Lac0521@aol.com

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  78. Would love a copy! Lac0521@aol.com

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  79. I would love the anchor charts. My email is : raechelleavitt@gmail.com

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  80. I would love the anchor charts! My email is kari060975@gmail.com

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  81. I am interested in using your understanding anchor charts...Are they on your TPT store? My e-mail is riccis@shelllake.k12.wi.us if you are willing to share for free. Thanks!

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  82. I love these self scoring cards!!! I hope it's not too late to get a copy!!! moyler903@gmail.com

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  83. Would love a copy of your anchor charts. My email is maryol703@comcast.net
    Thank you

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  84. Please send me a copy of your anchor charts. They are wonderful! I love your stuff! Thanks so much
    julieannhunt.hunt@gmail.com

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  85. Awesome! I would love a copy of your anchor charts. Thank you for the great idea!
    bpowers@bangorsd.net

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  86. These would be great to use in my classroom! I would love them! ajberger4@gmail.com Thanks!

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  87. Wonderful assessment!
    misti.tipton@fcstn.net
    THANK YOU!!

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  88. I love the assessment and how you displayed the students' names. I would love a copy of your anchor chart. dameredith123@aol.com
    Thank you

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  89. Would love these for my classroom!
    Thank you!

    aacross124@yahoo.com

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  90. Hi Lori,
    We are beginning John Hattie's Visable Learning process and your understanding posters are just what I have been looking for! I also love the magnetic labels, what a great way to create a bulletin board that the students can interact with and see their progress! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    hhandk@yahoo.com

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  91. Your anchor charts are fabulous! I would really love a copy and thank you for the great work.

    kylielou76@outlook.com

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  92. I would love a copy of these for my classroom please! They are just what I am looking for. Thank you!

    jenna.gluck@gmail.com

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  93. I would love a copy for my classroom! I have been looking for posters that would check their understanding and this is perfect! I love anchor charts and visuals for my kindergarten students, would be put to great use! Thank you so much!

    carrie.long@gozeps.org

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  94. I would love a copy of these. Thank you so much :)

    alliera.carroll1@det.nsw.edu.au

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  95. I would love a copy of the anchor charts!! My email is Julie.avilez@ocps.net

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  96. I would love a copy of the anchor charts, they look wonderful, thank you so much! My e-mail is spenie_castle@hotmail.com

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  97. I would love a copy of the anchor charts. I am very excited! My email is diane.hicks@slane.k12.or.us

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