Math = Love: Filling Up!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Filling Up!

The bulletin board is growing!  It's interesting to watch where students choose to put their post-it notes!  The only problem is that some students have taken to tearing off the names of other students.  This makes me so sad.  I've never caught a student in the act of doing it.  

Ideas on how to stop this?  






8 comments:

  1. I liked your idea of doing the 85% or higher bulletin board, but I knew that my students would tear off the names of other students. So, I laminated a large piece of poster board, put the title in the middle, and hung the poster up high in my room. I then give the students a mailing label to put their name on it and some markers. They decorate their name label and then stick it to the poster. The kids have to stand on a chair to put their names on it, but it has worked out great! So far no names have been removed or tampered with. Plus, it is high enough to be seen from anywhere in the room!

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  2. Sarah, just to challenge your thinking a little...there seems to be something uncomfortable about celebrating perfection when I think your goal is to celebrate growth. Perfection is final. Very fixed mindset. If I'm perfect then I don't have any more to do. I'm done. I wonder how that (unintended) message affects classroom community. Maybe students tearing off other students names is a symptom of the "some of us are perfect" and "some of us just have to grow more" dichotomy.

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    1. I guess I'm a little torn on this because of my own school experiences. I do want to celebrate growth. That's why I require students to retake assessments they don't master. But, I also want to reward those students who work hard to master a concept the first time around. The more I think about this, I realize you're right; these are conflicting ideas. I guess I'll see how this plays out this year and decide which I want to emphasize going forward in the future. Thanks for the food for thought!

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  3. I agree with Aaron. As we all know, students struggle with self esteem- especially in middle school and high school. The added pressure of being (or not being) celebrated publicly for their math achievement makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. As a math teacher I try to encourage a love of math- leaning new ways to solve problems, learn from each other and challenge our thinking. One of my favorite parts of your Growth Mindset bulletin board is the poster that says "I'm awesome vs. I'm on the right track" ...Just something to think about.

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    1. This is definitely something I'm struggling with. Thanks for the food for thought!

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  4. Hi Sarah, I took your idea and tweaked it. I use sticker dots instead of post-it notes. I write the student's name on the dot so I can avoid inappropriate names and/or dots on the whiteboard instead of the paper. One class wanted to know if they could have a party once it was filled with dots, and I told them I was open to ideas. I think a community goal might be the way to avoid post-it note envy. I understand Aaron and Tammy's point of view, but I think some students work really hard to get good scores...maybe a slight adjustment would still fit. Instead of "Perfect score", maybe it should say "Mastery on the First Try"...and Mastery could be a range of the top scores....(?) Just a thought.

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    1. I like the dots idea. And, I also like your re-wording! Thanks for the feedback!

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