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Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

I personally like Things from

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I personally like Things from CultureCode (http://culturedcode.com/things/) I can see setting up each kid as a different project, then having them input their own lists. There's plenty of room for notes and deadlines and the "next" feature would let you see what each kid had coming up next in their work process. I use it on my Mac and on my iPhone- they sync automatically. (The only downside is that it's only for Mac.)

parent of 4, volunteer on school board, lover of learning

Great article! We have been

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Great article! We have been using a product called simplist.me that is focused on giving users checklists that can be shared and tracked. So far so good in our elementary school. Any other great tools out there to turn checklists into something more commonly used?

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Hi Kristie! Some teachers in

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Hi Kristie!
Some teachers in our District also use texting services like Classroom Parrot where a teacher can send out reminders about action items, due dates, tests etc. to kids and parents through one bulk text message. While the checklists and electronic sharing are great, sometimes small instant reminders are also welcome to help keep everyone on task- just another option :)

President Home & School Assoc, #ParentCamp Organizer, Co-Moderator #PTchat

Kristie...I think this is

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Kristie...I think this is where it requires a pro-active parent. Whether these checklists are done electronically on a site like a Google doc or Edmodo, or simply in a journal/notebook, it is up to the parents/families to check it on a regular basis and engage their student in a conversation about how they are progressing, what they are enjoying and/or finding themselves successful at, and what their struggles are and how the student can work through their struggles.

I always feel it is important to share as many tips with families as possible; even if they seem like common sense because you do not know what each parent's experience is with education/school/learning. They might have the best intentions - yet simply not know how to support their student's learning. I think it's important teachers and schools share ideas of how or what a parent can do to be part of the support system.

Title 1 Reading Teacher from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania

As a first year teacher in a

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As a first year teacher in a Title 1 Reading situation I tend to teach quick lessons to reinforce the skills that are being taught in the regular education classroom. I never thought to provide a checklist for my students of the assignments we are working on in class to keep them organized and aware of what is expected of them. I really like the format that you use that also includes the standards that are addressed. I think this will help to keep my students on track for success.

Great post!

8th grade Physical Science teacher from Barnesville, Ga

Heather (Great Name!) I use

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Heather (Great Name!)
I use interactive notebooks with my gifted students this year and have had so much success, I want to implement a version of this notebook next year in my regular science classes. I was trying to find a way to get them organized. Your checklist idea is a great idea! I will certainly use your idea when assigning tasks in a chapter or unit of study. I like the idea of having parent sign/initial they saw the checklist.
Thank you
Heather

Great Post! Being my first

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Great Post!
Being my first year in the 21st century classroom, my co-teacher and I are always looking for ways to establish organization and make the students accountable. I especially like the feedback from the students. How do you share it with parents?

High School Teacher

Thank you for sharing such a

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Thank you for sharing such a good tip for project based learning. I use project based learning all the time in the classroom, and one of the biggest challenges I find is making sure the students are staying on task and that I am managing to check in with them regularly. Your checklist system will go a long way toward keeping not only the students on track, but me as well. It will also save me a lot of time in the classroom, rather than constantly attempting to circle all the groups, I will have a scheduled system of when I am checking in with them. I will definitely be using this system in my own practice. Thank you for the helpful idea!

Middle School Library Media Tech

Great post, Heather! Our

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Great post, Heather! Our students have planners, but tracking nightly homework isn't going to help as we introduce more project-based learning. I will be sharing this with the teachers at my school.

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