One of my favorite things about the end of the year is getting out my students' beginning of the year work and comparing it with their end of the year work. The data that we must collect over the course of the year can only tell us a small bit about each child (and we all know how very "big" each child's story really is!). It is so fun to see the actual difference and growth in what they can accomplish through work that they have done.
I am sure there are lots of different things that we all do to "track the progress" of our students. But, I have to share one of my favorite back to school and end of year comparison activities for kindergarten. I give them each a simple picture to color on the first day of school and write their name on. Then, at the end of the year, I give them the SAME exact picture to color in and, upon completion, I will pass back the one from the first day. The response is priceless--some are embarrassed, others in disbelief, but NONE of them believe it is actually their work, especially since that is "not their name" (well, it may not be recognizable, but it IS your name).
You know that the student's ability has progressed if a 5 year old can see it!
Swing on into Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business to find out how else I informally track my students' progress for end of year comparison AND grab a freebie so you can try this activity as well!
Beyond the quarterly (weekly?) assessments that we have to use, what are some things that you do in your classroom to show your students' progress?