The 7 Habits are:
One way to empower students to get involved in their own learning and set learning goals is to use "Data Notebooks". In these notebooks, students set goals and graph data from assessment scores. These notebooks are described in the book, "The Leader in Me" and most 7 Habits schools use them.
One great resource I've found for such notebooks are:
Montgomery Schools (lots of links to data notebook downloads)
I decided to create a Music Data Notebook for grades 3-5. Due to space and resource constrains, I'm going to print out all pages ahead of time and staple them together. They will be stored in a plastic page protector with the cover-page showing (cover-page has student name, grade, and homeroom teacher). Depending on what their homeroom teacher chooses to do, I will either have them clip the page protector into their class data notebook or keep them in the music room.
Let me preface this by saying this is a new thing for me and not something I've tried out before. We'll have to see how it goes.
Last year, when my 3rd-5th graders were working on various levels of Recorder Karate, I had a bulletin board (shown empty below) with all student names (separated by class) on it. As students progressed, I colored in each square with a black marker. To get a "black-out", they had to reach the black-belt level. When they did this, I took a picture of them and put their picture on the bulletin board near their class. It was SO motivating for so many of the kiddos that I realized - "I can use data in the music room too".
Here are some pages from the Music Data Notebook:
|Table of Contents|
|Classroom Mission Statement|
|7 Habits Slips Log|
The assessment graphs look like the one below. After an assignment is passed back and graded, the students will color in the number of bars which correspond to their grade. 10 pts is the max for the assignments (either 10 questions or 10 points earned by certain criteria). Then, they set a goal for the next assessment.
More posts to come, I'm sure ;)