Teaching Tip Linky Party

One of my favorite thing about following teacher blogs is learning all these great new ideas. We're like one huge PLC! Another thing I love is a good linky party! So I put the two together and created a Teaching Tip Linky Party! Hopefully this will help your gain many new ideas!

I want to share with you guys a super easy progress monitoring tool that I use with my students during whole group lessons. All you need to make this super easy tool is a plastic sheet protector, a green sheet of paper and a red sheet of paper. That's it!! Hold the papers back to back and slide them into the sheet protector and you're done!
I keep these tools {I really need a name for them!} in a basket by our whole group learning area and pass them out when I need to assess my students' learning. I will usually use them for yes and no questions {show me green for yes and red for no} and my students hold up the cards to show me their answers. I can look around real quickly to see who "gets it" and who doesn't and it's easy for me to see someone who likes to change his/her answer after seeing the others ;)

Then my students take their cards to their desks during independent practice. If they feel like they can do the work on their own and are "ready to go" they place it at the corner of their desk with the green side up. If they're not sure what to do, or get "stuck" during the activity, they place the red side up. This shows me who I need to help as I walk around the classroom. I've taught them that they need to still try even if they are stuck because there's only one of me and lots of them! If I see 5 or more red signs I might pull that group off to the side and work with them together. The other students know that when they finish their work, they can also walk around and find students who need help. They love to assist their classmates and my class learns that we're all in this together.

Have a fun teaching tip to share? Link up and join the party!
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  1. Hadar, I love your teaching tip. I am going to start doing that. I do agree that it needs a name...hmmm...I'll have to think about this! I'll be in touch!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. Someone else must have shared this at some time, because I know I didn't come up with it, but have used it for years. I use baseball card protectors (individual) for this and lots of other things. It makes a smaller version of this that works well without taking up too much real estate on their desks.

  3. I love this tip! I'll have to use it in my classroom!

  4. Hi, i am not sure how to add the button to my blog. Can you help me with this? Thank you so much for all your great ideas.

  5. Hey, hey, hey (said to a giddy tune). I have a regular Teaching Tip Tuesday. Am I allowed to link up several times?


  6. Katie! Right click on the image and save it to your desktop. Then insert the picture into your blog post and press the "link" button at the top. Then in the link box, add the URL to this post. Hope that helps!

  7. All linked up

    Apparently I am super ditzy today because I forgot to include the link

    Ack, shoot me now

    All better now I think

    Pocket Full of Kinders

  8. I love this linky party. Thanks for hosting. I am writing done all of these great tips. YAY! I'm always looking for more tricks to my teaching bag of tricks.

  9. Thank you so much for hosting this party! I have already found some tips that I am going to try out! Can't wait to read more! Thanks again, what a great idea!

  10. Thanks for the post! Kindergarten math worksheets are prepared carefully to generate interest and fun for children to work on these worksheets. Most worksheets consist of colorful pictures and shapes to carry out without boredom. Same is the case of Kindergarten math sets with numbers 1-20. Parents and teachers can print these worksheets and give to kids as extra practice

  11. Thanks for hosting this great linky. I enjoyed reading all of the tips.

    Surfing to Success

  12. What a great teaching tip! Thanks for the linky party.

    Lovely Literacy & More

  13. I love your teaching idea. I think it will work well with all grade levels and I can't wait to try it. Great linky idea!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

  14. Your linky party was very helpful! Thanks!

  15. Hadar,

    Thank you so much for helping me get your button. I was able to figure it out and got it all linked up. Thank you again for taking the time to help. Thanks for coming up with this linky party. There are so many great ideas out there.


  16. What a fantastic idea for a Linky Party, I can't wait to read all the tips!

  17. I finally linked up!!!!!!!!

    Michelle aka Bestie :)

  18. Hi Hadar - I had to join in on the fun, hope you are having a great week. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  19. I lovethat idea. We used to do something similar in the computer lab with cups. Thanks for this!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  20. So excited to LINK up for new and fun teaching tips in the classroom! I am setting my post up now so check in soon! Would love to have you stop by!
    I really like your idea for quick and instant student feedback! I used a similar technique with cards on a ring at each desk.
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  21. Thanks for this linky party. It has been one of the more useful to me.

    Liz M.