Three Stars and a Wish

The advantage of this assessment tool is the ratio of positive to negative comments helps mitigate hurt feelings. Three Stars: good things, positives, successes One Wish: one thing you wish was different, suggestion for next time, area of improvement I always introduce the routine with a discussion of what makes a useful star and wish. […]

PMI: Plus, Minus, Interesting

This is a quick and easy to learn routine for helping students reflect on advantages and disadvantages of a topic, decision, or experience. I use it with my students when I want them to make a considered assessment, rather than just a superficial off-the-cuff statement. PMI stands for: P: “plus”, good things, advantages, positives M: “minus”, bad […]

Text to Self, Text, and World

This is a Microsoft Word template I made to help students make connections to what they are reading. It has three columns: text to self, text to text, and text to word. Each column has a short description of what that kind of connection is (“Connect what you are reading to something from your life.”) , […]

Discussion Operations Cards

We conduct a lot of group discussions in my class. Often the format starts with an engaging question or challenge to start their curiosity, then moves on to a discussion using a routine like Think-Pair-Share. I noticed that many of my students were using some of the same behaviours: acknowledging a previous comment, and adding one’s own […]

A couple years ago I made this set of Six Thinking Hats posters to use with my Grade Four students. I combined several useful Six Thinking Hats resources into one A4 sized poster per hat. In addition to De Bono’s book, I primarily relied on a list of questions and sentence stems related to each hat (including […]