At Ben Bronz Academy, and during the CyberLaunchPad summer sessions, we hold regular chart shares, in which the students present a chart to the students and mediators. Using CyberSlate, they bring up their chart on the screen, and project it on the screen or whiteboard. Then they go to the front of the room and tell us about the chart.
Students learn about chart presentations following simple cue cards, and soon they are pointing out special things about their charts. Their audience have also shared their charts, so they ask about some of the features they see, or give suggestions for how each student can improve her performance.
The charts are all Standard Celeration Charts, but each chart is unique because of the student’s performance, schedule of attempts, and the work and interest she has poured into this exercise.
Here is Leah’s chart of her Typing Words. She knows what is involved in improving this skill, using the correct fingering and increasing her speed, even as the letter combinations become more difficult at each level. She also knows how many skills or levels she must pass to become an Expert or Pro. Because of the instant feedback that CyberSlate provides, and her skill in reading the chart, she describes her chart in detail, and demonstrates that she is in charge of her own learning! As Hattie (2009) and others have pointed out, this is the best motivator there is in education! And if her parents or teachers attend the Chart Share, she also knows that they are interested and proud – the second most powerful motivator!
If you enroll in CyberSlate, try to arrange to create and schedule Chart Shares! They empower your student like nothing else can! When students know how to read their own charts and those of their fellow students, they become experts on their own learning, learn how to project when they will reach future goals, and often proudly take charge!
Here are the words on the cue cards that our students use while they are learning how to present their charts. One student holds up the cue cards to prompt the student who is sharing her chart.
1. Hello. My name is _______________________
4. I am on Level (look for the number at the top of the line above your last corrects.)
7. I am advancing ?? levels per week, (How many levels between two Sunday Lines?)
OR It is taking me ?? weeks to pass a level.
8. I complete this fluency ?? times per day. (Look at the dots in the bottom cycle of the chart.The scale .001 to .01 per minute is the same as 1 per day to 10 per day. To find the median number of dots, (a) count all of the dots (14), then count across from the bottom til you reach the 7thor eighth dot, which in this case is 1 or 2 fluencies per day. The average is 3 per day. )
9. I complete this fluency both at home and at school (You can prove this if there are both solid dots and donut dots among your corrects, as there are in the sample above.)
10. I showed this fluency because …… (or) I am proud of this fluency because…. (or) I am asking for strategies to help me pass this fluency faster.
11. Thank You. Are there any questions?