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Marzano Student Rating Scale

Down here in Florida most teachers are becoming quite familiar with the work of Dr. Robert Marzano. His works have been the subject of many staff development meetings over the last two years. A lot of his principles are common sense, good teaching practices. Some are a little harder to implement. But, for better or worse, Marzano is here to stay for a while.

One of the things that we've all been implementing is a student rating scale. It's basically a way to assess how they feel about something they've learned. We have to use a scale of 0-4. There are various ways that the kids can show how they feel, but here's the gist:
Here are some of my beautiful teammates modeling for you how they feel about using the Marzano scale. One of them was showing a different finger, but after some redirecting, she complied quite nicely. We have them hold their fingers over their heart to minimize the urge to look around and compare themselves to what finger others are using. 


Of course, that sign up there was not hang-worthy for my classroom. I had to cute it up. So I make a scale that went along with my flip-flop love affair. It's a freebie on TpT. Just click {HERE} to download a copy.

Here's how I have it displayed in my classroom. Once the kids understand the scale, they don't really have to refer to it very often. It doesn't take up too much room on the board. Ignore the messy junk everywhere...


I do have to use the scale a little more, but after 19 years of NOT doing something, it's hard to make it an automatic part of your day - but the kids do seem to like it.

We have Monday off, so I'm really looking forward to maybe taking down the Christmas tree. Yup, I'm one of those people. eek!


31 comments:

  1. I've probably used that same finger in relation to the new evaluation :)
    Love your rating system...I need to get on the ball and make a visual for ours!
    Vickie

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    1. Ha Vickie- that cracks me up! We're all doing our best to stay positive, but sometimes you just have to keep it real!

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  2. Love your visual! It's very YOU! It is something I have to make part of my routine,too. The kids do very well evaluating themselves when I do remember. Thanks for sharing!
    Gina
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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    1. It is me, right? Let's open a school right ON the beach!

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  3. Our high school teachers aren't as found of the finger scale as we are! They usually only get one finger...
    I love using this with my kinders. They have no clue. Everyone's doing just fine (according to them.)
    Your scale is very cute - so colorful!
    ~Andi

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    1. yeah, gotta be careful asking high schoolers to show you a finger! lol!

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  4. My tree is coming down this weekend too!

    It is hard implementing the scales. I ALWAYS forget to do it. I really need some sort of reminder me by projector/doc cam to remind me.

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

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    1. JUST took the tree down. My whole house needs a good cleaning. I'm seriously contemplating paying someone else to do it!! I hate cleaning :/

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  5. Love your new design! Tessa is awesome! :)
    Kim

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    1. Isn't Tessa great? She was so great about every little picky thing I asked her for. I'm so happy that she just got my vision :)

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  6. So a trainer came to evaluate my principal on evaluating teachers and I was that teacher. (EEK!) I knew I had to have something like this when she asked me in the post-ob, "How do YOU know that the STUDENTS know that THEY know." Yeah...it's becoming automatic now. =) Thanks for sharing!

    Emily @ Second Grade Silliness 

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    1. Wow Emily - that's a lot of stress! I'm trying to make it more automatic, but it's really been a struggle for me.

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    1. Thanks! I took them down a while ago because I didn't think the kids were actually using them. They were so upset that they were gone, so I had to put them back up!

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  8. Thank you so much for this. My district has just adopted the Marzano model within the last year. Just last week we had a training on the scale thingy. (Yep, thingy, it's still new to me.) We've been told to start incorporating it into our lessons. You just helped me get one step ahead. Thanks!!! (And while my tree is down, I still have tubs of Christmas decorations to organize and store. Maybe Monday. :) )

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    1. I'm so glad you can use it! It helps to have a visual reminder for sure.

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  9. I love the Marzano posters! I plan on having them hanging for my next observation. Thanks, Denise!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com


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    1. Yay - so glad you can use them! I'd be honored to know they were hanging in the classroom of such an awesome teacher!

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  10. Denise, I kid you not - that was on my agenda this weekend...to make this chart. YOU DID IT FOR ME!!!!!!!! We were just talking about it at our staff meeting on Wednesday. Can you explain your "I wonder" part of the board? Is that where you display the standards your working on?

    xoxo

    Holly
    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

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    1. I love when that happens! So glad I could help you out.
      The I Wonder signs are where I post my objectives. I'll have to do a blog post on that soon. Here's the link to the signs if you want them! https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2qCl_85_KpyOTFmN2MwMDMtYTgwMi00NDI3LWJmODctMGNhOTRlYjk0NjIz/edit

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  11. This is just like McDonald's!! I'm lovin it! I can't wait until I can use these in class on Tuesday.

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    1. Too funny! I'm glad you can get some use out of them :)

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  12. I love this scale. We talk about it, but I need to put it into place. Thanks! I'm your newest follower.

    Kimberley
    First in Maine

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    1. So glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by - off to check out First in Maine :)

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  13. LOVIN' the blog facelift! It's beautiful.
    Your rating scale posters are so cute. Thanks! I had never heard about putting your fingers over your heart before. That is a perfect way to combat the whole "what's my neighbor holding up?" issue.
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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    1. Thanks Traci! I love my new blog too!

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  14. The blog looks awesome!! I absolutely love your revamping of the scale. What a great way to help kiddos self-monitor their understanding. Your wording is super kid friendly, too! :) On a side note, I LOVE that you use wonder questions for each subject. If I was a kid, I'd be ALL over that! Wonderful idea!

    Kate
    Second Grade Sparkle

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  15. I just found you through Ideas by Jivey:) Following you now:) I was super excited to see Marzano in the title. My district is implementing right now. Scales and really, everything, have changed my teaching for the better. I love the picture of your teacher friends showing their number on their hearts. We do that too. Our trainer was fabulous. I hope you have an awesome experience with it.

    Love the blog design! Now I am heading over to check out all of the other people who commented!

    Brandi
    My Teacher Friend

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  16. Hi,
    I am also teaching in FL but I haven't gotten word about anything like this..yet. Do you guys have to do this after every reading or math minilesson? Do you just send them off to work while you immediately work with those who held up zero or one? Sorry for the bunch of questions I'm just starting my second year. :-)

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  17. Hi,
    I am also teaching in FL but I haven't gotten word about anything like this..yet. Do you guys have to do this after every reading or math minilesson? Do you just send them off to work while you immediately work with those who held up zero or one? Sorry for the bunch of questions I'm just starting my second year. :-)

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  18. Hi,
    I am also teaching in FL but I haven't gotten word about anything like this..yet. Do you guys have to do this after every reading or math minilesson? Do you just send them off to work while you immediately work with those who held up zero or one? Sorry for the bunch of questions I'm just starting my second year. :-)

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