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Bright Idea: Tracking Students with Flashcards

I have another Bright Idea to share from my kindergarten classroom! This is a simple trick I use when I review flashcards with my students so I can easily ensure that students are getting practice with the sight words that are most challenging for them. I make all of my classroom flashcards by printing sight words, addition facts, subitizing images and more on shipping labels, then sticking the labels onto index cards. Although this is a good idea, it’s not my BRIGHT idea. This is what my students see when we practice flashcards.
how to make classroom flashcards more effective
This is what I see.
Make classroom flashcards more effective. Use a pencil to record the names of students struggling with the sight word or math fact on the back of the card so you know who to practice that card with
The back of the flashcards displays the names of students who struggle with recognizing word or fact on the front of the card. If I notice a student struggling with a certain word, I use a pencil to write their name on the back. That way, when we do flashcards, I know who to call on to read the front of the card. I ALWAYS use a pencil to write student names on the back, so I can erase a name as soon as that student masters the sight word or skill on the front.

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. I was just coming over to your blog as I saw your comment on mine!!! I agree, our classrooms would be besties for sure 😉

    I love this idea Maria…so simple, yet so smart in tracking progress. I will be doing this for multiplication facts in our class, thank you!!

  2. Maria — you are killing me! I may never leave this computer ever again… many great ideas….so little time….. Wondering how those new clothes are working out 😉

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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