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Classroom Management

Using class profile data to organize

Now that we know how to access our class profile, we can begin to use it to impact the overall culture and environment of the classroom.

Navigate through the suggestions below for more information on strategies to use with students.

Getting to Know Each Other

Use the Renzulli Profiles to have students create visual graphs representing the learning profiles of the class as a whole.

Read off our list of learning styles in front of the class, and have them raise their hands if they have that learning style in their top three. Keep a tally for each learning style — “Ten students like games! Twelve students like peer tutoring!” — and then task the class with coming up with pie charts or line graphs to express the information gleaned from the Renzulli Profile. This will help them understand learning processes, their class, and themselves — not to mention how to create graphs.

You can do it with interests and expression styles, too.

Celebrate Their Individuality

Don’t be shy about distributing and displaying your students’ Renzulli profiles. They do not contain sensitive personal information — rather, they identify and celebrate the unique strengths of each student.

Create a gallery walk by posting them in a prominent location in your classroom — this is a great activity for the beginning of the year, as students get to know each other — and for Parent-Teacher conference night, as you spotlight your work differentiating instruction.

Create a Seating Chart

Make a seating chart. Then decide how to break it. Yes, that's right. We are going to break the traditional seating chart. Look at the names of the students who share a preference for peer tutoring — do they even sit near each other? Who learns best by listening to a lecture? Do they sit in the back of the room? Pull out the kids who learn best independently, and send them to a separate corner to get to it. Start creating centers in your classroom tailored to different learning styles — provide more opportunities for the technophiles to get their hands on computers, allow the kids who prefer programmed instruction to work through packets of worksheets, work out a venue for the kids who prefer simulation to do some role playing. You and your students will be surprised at how Renzulli data might divide up your class, but you won’t regret it.

Organizing Digital Portfolios

Every student on GoQuest has already begun building an electronic portfolio of their work. From the day they log in and complete their Renzulli profile, this portfolio records every activity they access, every assignment question they respond to, and every project they undertake.

These tools, especially the assignments and projects, serve as an important authentic assessment tool, as a storehouse for student work, and as a discussion piece for helping students reflect on their own learning.

Plus, GoQuest data can travel with the student from year to year and over time snowball into an impressive compendium of student work.

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