Do you post standards in your classroom?

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  1. Miss Kirby

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    I'd like to post the performance objectives in "kid talk" in my classroom, but I'm not sure how to do this exactly...

    I thought about just reserving a space in my whiteboard, stapling wipe-off sentence strips to the wall, making a poster and laminating it, using sentence strips and a pocket chart, etc.

    Do you post standards in your classroom and if so, how do you do it?
     
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    I've been in schools where the teacher posts an aim or objective on the board, but not the actual standard. I don't think posting the standards is meaningful to the students; however posting an objective is.
     
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    Unfortunately, districts, like mine, are requiring us to post "kid friendly standards".

    Good question about how to post them. I have been wondering about that too. I (think) I only have to post for LA. I think what I will do is print out the kid friendly standards from the internet, cut them apart and just place them in the pocket chart.
     
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    I'm thinking it would be nice to do the pocket chart thing, because that way I could keep them organized in my files or in a binder or something, and save them every year. But who knows what grade level I'll be teaching after this coming year!
     
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    Fortunately, we aren't required to post standards and it doesn't look like we will in the future. I do have them on my boards, but the entire grade level standards, not the specific standards for whatever we are teaching now.
     
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    We have to post essential questions which is the objective in a question form. I put them on the side of my board each morning.
     
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    Our district has recently required us to post standards in our classrooms. We meet as a grade level and have reworded all of them to kid friendly terms(Reading/LA, Science, and this year we will work on Math). For science it is easy to just pull the standards I have them typed up and laminated and put it up for the unit we are working on. For reading/la it is more difficult because we are working on so many at a time. What I did was post all of them and use a clothes pin to mark which ones we are focusing on.
     
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    I was thinking do doing something similar too. Posting ALL standards and then just marking with clothes pin or whatever to show what we are learning for the day.
     
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    In my district we are required to post daily objectives. I don't usually use the phrasing of the standards, opting instead for kid-friendly terminology.

    I have one chunk of my whiteboard gridded off into columns for each course I teach. There's a box in each column for the day's objectives, things due today, and new homework.
     
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    I printed out our state standards, pasted them on construction paper, laminated them, and put that magnetic tape on the back. I keep them organized in a basket by number and subject and keep them by my whiteboard. I pull them out and slap them on my board for each subject. I paraphrase them when explaining to kids, but they are there for my administrators to see.
     
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    We don't have to post standards in the classroom, but we must post them with student work in the halls etc. I do, however, post objectives and essential questions daily. I have a space blocked off where I have all of the subjects attached to the board(magnetic), and objectives and essentials questions listed.
     
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    We have to do this, too.
     
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    I post them by subject on a Bulliten board on the back wall of my classroom. I had an aide in teh building print out, cut and laminate each standard and I have them filed by subject in a crate by that bulliten board. It's real easy to put up each standard and we refer to them often. We have them phrased as "I Can" statements.
     
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    We too have to post them for each lesson. I teach Kindergarten, so it seems pointless to me (most of the cannot read). Instead of writing them with each lesson change like may of my colleagues do, I made a powerpoint slide for each of the repeating standards and a picture for the kids to associate with it. I just pull up the slide I need onto my big monitor that is hooked up to my computer. Every now and then I had to make a new one for an odd lesson, but mostly I could just use the same ones over and over again. It took a long time at first, but once it is done, it is done!
     
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    We are required, and I use sentence strip paper or the like. I also may type it up on the computer and post it. I just paraphrase in kid-friendly language.
     
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    We are required to post standards and we have to use the exact wording. I post them on sentence strips and place in a pocket chart--they are color-coded by subject. We have to read the standard at the start of every lesson, but I try to explain to students what each standard means and how it applies to what we are going to learn. You'd be amazed at how quickly they pick up on some of the language though.
     
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    Oooooh color coding.

    I LIKE! :D
     
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    I usually TELL students what they will learn but I never posted it. I tried it once at the end of the year for a master's class. It was funny, because after I told them what they were going to learn as I was pointing to the objectives, one of my smart allecky kids was like, "Wait.... what's that?? What a content objective?? What's a language objective??" :p
     
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    We must. I also had to when I taught elementary. I have a section of my board for these objectives. Right now I have to post a subject-related one and a SIOP (language-building) one each day in kid-friendly language. I think it is important that some of the "kid-friendly" language includes subject-specific terms they should learn though. I would just write it on the board, but I LOVE the idea of writing all the objectives out and then marking the one we are working on that day with a clothespin. I am going to do that for the subject specific one. Thanks for the tip! Its going to save time and I like that the kids will see everything they need to learn in a comprehensive, but not overwhelming list. :)
     
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    I typed mine out, and color coded them too. I stapled page protectors on my front board, and slide my standards in and out.

    I am required to post them in the classroom, with all posters/bb's, and with student work. As they like to say "we are a standards based school".

    I will die when they change them lol- it took me forever to make my first set.
     
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    We have to post our objectives and which state standard it meets. AND - it has be able to be read from anywhere in the room. I just write it on a section of my white board. It seems to be easier for me to do that. I do like to use different colors though.
     
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    At the end of last year, our district was starting to make us post the standards for our units and also the essential questions. But, they only made us do it for one subject. I'm guessing that eventually we will be doing this for all subject areas.
     
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    We are required to post the state standards in our classrooms and unfortunately they are very big posters that take up much needed wall space.
     
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    Ok, I'm currently working on my admin certification, and as a future principal, I have to ask, do you think that posting the standards is necessary? Did your teaching (or the teaching of other, possibly weaker teachers) improve or change when you were required to do this?

    I teach at the secondary level, and no one near here is required to post standards. Objectives or essential questions, yes, but not the standards.
     
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    I think we were required to post the standards for the sake of the parents. Although, having those available online should be sufficient enough. I really don't think any parent saw (or cared) that I had my standards posted in the hallway.

    I kind of liked having the essential questions posted. It was nice to introduce a unit by telling the kids that they will know the answers to those questions by the end of the unit. I don't know if it was beneficial to them, or not. :confused:
     
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    We ARE required to post them, but we have chosen to post them by quarter. For example our sign would say: Things we will learn in Math this quarter are: Multiplication, division, fractions
     
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    we have to post them too. this past year i made a T-chart with standards on the left side and have students help me create kid-friendly language on the right. the chart paper got cumbersome in my room. they rarely looked at it but i guess it looked good when admin came by for walk-thrus.

    this year i was thinking of putting up cup hooks and hanging the standards we are currently working on from there. i'm not sure yet. my co-worker might use one whole white board to display her standards. other teachers have put the standards into the 11 x 8-1/2 plastic picture stands on the student desks. one teacher said she was going to make a flip chart with her standards.

    i liked the pocket chart idea with sentence strips but what happens when you're covering more than one standard in a lesson?
     
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    I would probably just pick the main standard for each subject. We often work on the same skill the whole week. So I may just change them weekly. There are SOOO many standards we cover in one day, let alone one lesson!

    So I'll have POs for
    Reading Comp
    Phonics
    Writing
    Math
    Science/Social Studies

    One main PO for each, even though I know I'll teach tons. Like morning meeting.... I could have a whole poster for all of those standards...
     
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    bandnerdtx--
    I think it depends on the teachers in the building if posting standards is necessary. I can only speak for my building, but we had several teachers who liked to pick random stuff to teach even though it didn't match to their standards--and we are a school in year 5 of school improvement. Once we were required to post our standards, these teachers shaped up (for the most part) because admin. comes in and if you're not teaching what's posted or can't explain how it relates to the standard, there were issues. Posting standards helped the teachers in my building stay accountable for teaching what we were supposed to.
     
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    We are required to do the same thing. In addition, the admins expect the students to be able to read them and then tell what they have learned.
     
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    I have a little section on my board dedicated to standards/objectives and subject matter. I put the standard code then rewrite it in kid friendly language. It's required by the system but I don't see a lot of people doing it.

    For example:

    Rdg/LA: 3RdgXCX - Today we will read, Charlotte's Web to identify the main idea and supporting details.



     
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    Agdamity, thank you very much. I don't want to be one of those "caught ya" admins, but at the same time, I know there has to be some accountability.
     
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    I made my standards Kid Friendly and the parents just love it. It is easy to read and it tells them specifically what they are learning or about to learn. I would type them big for each section; like Writing, Reading, Spelling, etc. I would staple them on various bulletin boards according to what was on the bulletin board.
     
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    Last year I posted each standard above a target and each section of the target represented B (beginning), D (developing) and S (secure) I had a smiley face and moved it as the school year went along so the students were aware of where they should be.

    I might make the targets again this year or make 1 giant target and put the standards in an an arrow and move them where I feel the students should be.

    I might also write each writing standard on a large pencil made of paper, the reading standards on large books and the math standards on some kind of math symbol and move them to the white board when we are working on them.

    I was also trying to figure out a way to incorporate them in to my beach/tropical theme.
     
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    We don't have to post those things. I personally think that having to post the standards is just another way for admin to keep their thumb on the teachers. (I hate micromanaging!!!) I think it shows disrespect for the teachers, implying that they need to be forced to stick to the standards. Some basic objectives and Ess. questions make sense, but I'd hate to have to post them for every single thing we do! Can you imagine in other professions...people being forced to post on the wall exactly what they are working on?
    just my opinion.
     
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    pamms...i completely agree and can't believe how many people have to post standards and at such low grade levels. i personally cannot see any of my first graders ever looking at the standards that are posted on the wall. questions like content objective? and language objective would seem common in most classrooms.
    i say if you don't have to post standards don't post them. state objectives of lessons clearly and this is what the kids need.
     
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    I think it is important for kids to know what they are learning and why.... but posting standards makes it feel like admin doesn't trust/have confidence in their teachers. It would be great to post the standards met with a bulletin board, or have it represented on an assignment rubric, but posting every standard for every activity just sounds like using valuable planning time for a silly reason. In my opinion, sharing objectives with the kids should be enough. If parents/admin want to know, they can speak with me about it.
     
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    My principle is going to have us display our daily taught standards on sentence strips to.

    I typed out a list and put them up on the bulletin board. After we cover one, we put a sticker next to it to show we've covered it. It's a good way for me to keep track and it gets the kids involved too.
     
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    I even have to add images to mine as my principal knows that the kids cannot read them.
    I always tell them what we are going to learn and now I have to become an artist (HAHA, I am just using the printer to get them from the computer) but, that costs them money with ink and paper and some things ar hard to find images for.

    I think it is dumb that the primary grades in particular have to post them too!
     
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    Or look in my lesson plans!
     

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