Let me give one simple example from this past week. We began our read aloud FIsh in a Tree with our interactive document that contained a link to a google doc where students answered some prereading questions. What I found when quickly looking over initial answers in Google Classroom was that students left out the second part of a multipart question, put little descriptive detail in their work, or did not revise and edit work. We addessed this with this simple microprogression chart I created with my students in class with real student examples from the lesson to show 3 levels of understanding that all met the minimum requirements, but where the highest 2 levels extended their explanation to show deeper thinking. Here is the chart we created where students helped me add example work to one of the 3 levels (no names were mentioned but students knew the examples were all good examples, but at various levels of completion.)
After students helped me level examples of their work and add them to the chart, they went back and added to their own original work. Here is an example of one student's answer before and after our discussion/lesson:
After our microprogression creation as a class:
The beauty of going digital:
- Teachers can see the work in Google Classroom, do a formative assessment of who gets the lesson and who needs another lesson.
- Teachers can copy and paste examples from students in the class at every level to share .
- Students can change their answers or add to their answers easily, without having to redo an entire assignment.
- Teachers can go back in the revision history to actually see the improvements their students made based on the follow-up lesson looking at microprogressions of work that meets the criteria, but get more complex.
- Some students realize they are not even meeting the minimum criteria and need more or teachers realize those students need a small group lesson to help them with understanding.
- Students make their understanding clear and see how to revise their own work and grow!