So what is it? Paper arrows glued to magnets. Yup! That. Is. It.
Here are some ways that I have used them in 6th grade:
Best Practice Use: Tracking learning progress of a current learning goal.
I don't have a ton of whiteboard space so I make charts and then put them up depending on my needs for that lesson.
Anyone else struggle with writing learning scales that don't sound lame to middle school kids?
Realistic, every-day classroom uses:
Student Choice Groups
NO more popsicle sticks for random participation! I started using my arrows by mixing them up and randomly grabbing one.
Group Rotations- Where is each group starting today's science stations? This can help keep track of each group because kids move their arrows when they move to the next station.
- "Please see the teacher" I often forget to touch base with a student who was absent and this could be a reminder to the student if their number is posted.
- "Behavior Warning" See a student off task? Move their number as a visual warning during a lesson!
Think this might work for you? Here is the basic file for you to print arrows for your classroom. Nothing Fancy Folks....just a time saver not to make it yourself :)
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