I have been hard at work creating a Bump It Up board to support the 4 R’s – Retell, Relate, Reflect, Review. I use the 4 R’s reading response method frequently in my classroom, and it is featured on a few of my genre-based book reports.
This strategy helps students self-monitor their work to ensure it meets the guidelines. They can compare their work to a known levelled sample, and see how they can improve their work.
I have seen a lot of Bump It Up boards on real cork boards in classrooms, but if you create it on a display board you can move it around your classroom or take it with you on rotary. You could also share your board with another teacher who is working on the same concept. Using a display board would be great for a split/combined grades class as each grade could have its own reference board.
|The completed Bump It Up Board|
- I collected many samples of student work on the 4 Rs.
- Students worked in groups to read the responses and Level each response based on their previous knowledge of what makes a good Retell, Relate, Reflect and Review.
- A student in each group was the recorder and wrote down all of their ideas on what made the piece a Level 3 (B) or a Level 4 (A).
- We had a class discussion and compared our answers to ensure consistency among our expectations for Level 3 and 4 work.
- I typed up their thinking under the appropriate categories, which has now become our Success Criteria.
- I typed up the assignment expectations and formatted the student work samples to fit onto the display board.
- All Level 3 work and labels were colour coded Orange and Level 4 work and labels were colour coded Green to help students easily find the Level they wish to read
- All were assembled on the display board and then glued down.
The music teacher at my school created a Bump It Board using QR Codes. The teacher recorded Level 1 -4 sheet music performances of the instruments the students play. The teacher uploaded each recording to her classroom website for the students to reference and listen to. Now students can hear the difference between a Level 2 (C) performance and a Level 3 (B) performance.
How do the students access the website? They scan the QR code with their smartphones and save the link to their instrument!
These two resources can help you start using bump-it boards in your classroom.
I would love to see how you use Bump It Up boards in your classroom. Connect with me on social media to share your thoughts.