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Easily Conquer Marzano's DQ1 and DQ2 Using Technology

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We all know Marzano's research is playing a big role in education right now (especially in Florida) so the goal of this post is to give you technology resources you can use to make your classroom BYOD while still implementing the Marzano elements you may be getting observed on. 

This is not about impressing your administrators. Remember it is always about your students so make sure whatever you choose to do is best for them, which might not necessarily be the easiest for you.


DQ1: Communicating Learning Goals and Feedback

Element 1 - Providing Clear Learning Goals and Scales (Rubrics)

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  • There are a variety of ways I have seen learning goals and scales communicated to students:
    • Most common: Written on a board or large poster somewhere in the room. I have noticed that this method does not encourage student ownership because students see it as "something else the teacher needed to write on the board" or as a bunch of gibberish up on the wall, instead of thinking "these are the things I need to know to be successful in this class",UNLESS a teacher is explicit in going over the scale with the students and explaining the significance of it.
    • Typed-up and placed on each table for students to share. This one encourages collaboration because students will usually pick it up and talk about it with their peers. Some teachers use clear sheet protectors to make sure they make it through the unit without getting torn up. The sheet protectors also allow for students to write on the scale with an expo marker. You can remind students of the learning goal and ask them to use the expo marker to identify what part of the scale is being covered with each day's activity. 
    • Typed-up and given to each individual student for each unit. This one allows them to write on it and potentially cross out, or checkmark, each piece they feel they have mastered. This is almost like a to-do list for them and I usually see them get happy when they can cross things out that they've learned during the unit (HINT: Element 13 - Reflecting on Learning).

Hand something like this to students and let them check off what they already know. I also recommend that you have them keep it in class so that they always have it handy and they can keep referring to it throughout the unit and checking off things as they learn. 

  • The assessment apps (check out the free survival guide for more info) can be used to ask students where they are on the scale by simply adding "where do you feel you are at on the scale for this learning goal?" to any of your assessments. 
  • A great feature with Geddit is the confidence scale that students must submit to the teacher with each topic or with each question. Click the button below to learn more about using Geddit with scales. 

Image Courtesy of Letsgeddit.com

 

Image Courtesy of Letsgeddit.com


Element 2 - Tracking Student Progress

  • The great thing about most of the apps available for assessment is that all the data can be exported! You can print it and even make posters to show the class their progress. Here are some formative assessment apps that allow you to export data:
  • Most of these apps allow you to share class data instantly and anonymously. For one unit, the day before a quiz, I used Socrative to ask students where they were on the scale. I displayed this data to them anonymously and began a discussion where students suggested things the class could do together to be successful on the quiz. 
  • Feedback is important in encouraging student progress! Use websites like Edmodo and Remind to communicate with students and let them know where they can improve. Example: Texting the class "Hey guys! Don't forget tomorrow is your quiz. Use those tips we talked about in class to achieve your goals. You're can do this!"

Element 3 - Celebrating Success:

Mrs. Q's Music Blog has a great post that displays bulletin board examples for celebrating success!

Mrs. Q's Music Blog has a great post that displays bulletin board examples for celebrating success!

  • Create a spotlight or an achievement board that recognizes students who are successful with a specific tech game or activity. A "Kahoot Spotlight" or "Highest Scorer of the Week" display will be highly respected in a classroom filled with competitive students.
  • When using Geddit or Nearpod, you can share student responses anonymously to the entire class. Students love this! I will usually have a student very excitedly say, "Hey! That was my answer! You see that guys?!"  
  • Use Remind to send out texts to the class like,"Just finished grading the quizzes, you guys did such a great job! Keep up the focus and participation in class!"

DQ6: Establishing Rules and Procedures

Element 4 - Establishing Classroom Routines

  • When designing classroom routines, students can become involved with a virtual discussion on Today'sMeet or a class poll on PollEverywhere.
  • Students can also send in short responses to questions on respect, success in your classroom and other topics using AnswerGarden. Their responses will be arranged into a word map and displayed for the class to see..live!
Image Courtesy of AnswerGarden.ch

Image Courtesy of AnswerGarden.ch

Mrs. Bones did a great job formatting and making her site engaging. Check it out!

Mrs. Bones did a great job formatting and making her site engaging. Check it out!

Check out Ms. Nevel's Biology Class website for ideas on organizing info and presenting classroom routines online!

Check out Ms. Nevel's Biology Class website for ideas on organizing info and presenting classroom routines online!


Element 5 - Organizing the Physical Layout of the Classroom

  • Check out TheBYODClassroom on Pinterest for some great posts on classroom decor and your class layout!
  • Here are some great blog posts from other blogs that involve classroom decor and ideas for layout:
Rachel Kern shares great bulletin board ideas! Check out her blog site: Kern's Counselor Corner

Rachel Kern shares great bulletin board ideas! Check out her blog site: Kern's Counselor Corner

Molly is a 4th grade teacher with some great ideas and a passion for teaching! Learn more on her blog: Lessons with Laughter

Molly is a 4th grade teacher with some great ideas and a passion for teaching! Learn more on her blog: Lessons with Laughter

Maria is a Kindergarten teacher with some great insight and tips from her super cute classroom! Visit her blog: Cupcakes and Curriculum

Maria is a Kindergarten teacher with some great insight and tips from her super cute classroom! Visit her blog: Cupcakes and Curriculum


What are some tech tools for DQ1 and DQ6 that work in your classroom?

Try using one of the tips above and let us know how it goes for you!