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Bump It Up Boards (A Guest Blog Post)

 Welcome to Kristy, from 2 Peas and a Dog, my guest blogger for today. Thanks again for such an awesome idea, Kristy. Enjoy folks!


Need a strategy to improve student achievement? Have you tried Bump It Up Boards? They are a great visual way to help your students self monitor their achievement.

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How To Get Started:

Choose a curriculum expectation or focus you see as a need in your classroom. I chose the 4 R’s [retell, relate, reflect, review] reading reflections strategy.

Collect many work samples of your focus. You can use previous student work, ask colleagues for their examples, create your own, use government standardized test exemplars or search the internet for examples.

Ensure your samples represent a range of student achievement levels – not just ones that meet or exceed expectations.

 Student Involvement:

Students worked in groups to read the responses and “grade or mark” each response based on their previous knowledge of what makes a good Retell, Relate, Reflect and Review.

A student in each group was the recorder and wrote down all of their ideas on what made the each exemplar a Level 2, (C), Level 3 (B) or a Level 4 (A).

We had a class discussion and compared our answers to ensure consistency among our expectations for Level 2, 3 and 4 work.

Final Process to Create the Board:

Type up student thinking under the appropriate curriculum expectation categories – this will become your Success Criteria.

Type up the assignment expectations and format the graded work samples to fit on to the display board.

Colour code your examples by level and attach to a bulletin board or poster board. Have students reference this board while working on their assignments to self monitor their progress.

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Celebrating Literacy

We celebrated Family Literacy Day not too long ago at our school. Our Literacy Committee did a great job of preparing some activities for the special day.

One of the activities that the students across the grades enjoyed was a “Book Quote” contest. Our school spans K-7 and so the book quotes were quotes that students of various ages could recognize. The quotes were announced using the PA system throughout the day and students wrote their names and guesses on ballots. Ballots were drawn and the winners were awarded prizes. It was a really simple and fun idea.

I was thinking, though. Why not celebrate literacy more than once a year? Why not have a similar contest the last Friday of every month? Perhaps winning students could get a free book from the book order.

Taking it one step further, as I often do, I was thinking you could also carry this contest idea into your individual classroom, rather than being school-wide. This way, the book quotes could be geared directly toward your grade level. You could even select books only from your classroom library and make it almost like a year-long scavenger hunt! Quotes could be given out once a week and students could have a recording sheet to keep track of their guesses. You could decide to give a little prize at the end of the month, term, or even the year for the most correct quotes. What a great way to encourage literacy in your classroom!