What I hadn't anticipated, was the level of organization needed to stay on top of the multitude of assessments coming in from all these different Learning Goals. For instance, here is what came in during today's (and only today's) class:
Breaking it down, for a class of 26 (one new student was added today):
- 1 x Learning Goal 1 (LG1) exit slip
- 8 x LG2 exit slips
- 4 x LG3 exit slips
- 1 x LG4 exit slip
- 3 x LG5 exit slips
- 2 x LG6 exit slips
- 8 x Quizzes (on LG1-3)
- 2 x Investigations (on LG4)
- 2 x Biggest Mouth activities (on LG5)
Luckily, none of these on their own takes very long to look over and assess. Students know to hand the exit slips to me directly in the class, which gives me a chance to look it over and provide immediate feedback ("Way to go - that's perfect," "Oops - one small mistake here, let's go over it," or "Numbers 1 and 3 are good, but take it back and check number 2").
To track student progress with the slips, I started using the TeacherKit app for the iPad (http://teacherkit.net). This allows me to see at a glance where each student is relative to the ten Learning Goals in the unit. It has also proved useful when the occasional student starts class by asking "what Learning Goal am I on?"
Each night I sort through all the slips from the day, add them to TeacherKit, and make note if I need to revisit a student about any misunderstandings. Slips then get stored for the time being - they will be delivered back to the students two days before the end-of-unit test so they can use them for review.
I'm sure it's not the perfect system, but it seems to be working for now. I would love to be more paperless, but I'm not entirely sure how at this point (comments & suggestions welcome!). The students, too, seem to prefer the "comfort" of pencil-and-paper math. We'll keep tweaking as we go.