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When my Unit Packets almost went extinct…

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I’m not sure if this is a phrase or an actual thing, but it seems that my classroom is a reflection of me. I guess it would make sense since that is where I spend the majority of my time and devote so much of my energy. This, however, didn’t become apparent to me until one key structure in my classroom almost went extinct.

For those of you who do not know, I’m a list maker. You can look at my desk at work, or my coffee table at home, or Google Keep on my phone, you’ll find lists everywhere; things I need to do, ideas I have for assignments, shopping lists, etc.  Naturally it makes sense that I would favor a homework procedure that would involve students making and following a list.

I originally saw this system done by one of my master teachers and I modified the system slightly. Students are given a blank  checklist at the start of each unit.



Each class period then begins with students updating their checklist with the work for the day. Students then complete their assignments and hang…