Self-Assessment Tools, Emoji Style

So this happened... I was walking through Walmart, minding my own business, and these emoji beanbags threw themselves into my cart.  Sort of.  First, I saw that they were on clearance for $7 each.  How could I resist? 

This picture shows them sitting in the back of my trusty minivan, waiting for the custodians to finish cleaning my classroom and let me in.  (My need to begin setting up my classroom begins about mid-July every summer, because I report back the first week of August.)

At first I thought they might be used by my students as actual bean bag chairs.  Um, no.  The fabric is thin, and the insides are pretty uncomfortable.  So the flexible seating idea was out (more on that idea later).  These babies are just for show.  When I walked into my room, I saw that my old TV had been removed, leaving a very high corner shelf in the front of the room.  Perfect.

My walls were completely bare this summer, awaiting the installation of a new 70 inch smart TV that will take the place of my projector.  So I got to thinking about the really important stuff that would be front and center in my room, our self-assessment rubric, class motto, and rules... and I decided to change them all.

Metacognition: get your students thinking about their thinking!  Light Bulbs and Laughter blog

 Here's the first emoji update: our growth mindset/metacognition posters.  This is how I get my kiddos to start thinking about their thinking (for the original post on this subject, click HERE).  These posters are free at my Teachers Pay Teacher's store, just click on them to download!

The next part of my emoji update is the complete set of self-assessment tools, which you can also find for sale in my TpT store by clicking on the following picture.

Self-Assessment Tools, Emoji Style.  Light Bulbs and Laughter Blog
My new class motto is:
     GROW your brain (Growth mindset!)
     SHOW your stamina (Whole Brain Teaching - stamina is  being able to do something for a long time, without getting tired or giving up.)
    KNOW how you're learning (Self-Assessment!)

If you want to join me in my new emoji style, I'm working on editable class rules next!

Happy teaching,


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  5. You should probably update your post. You said "These posters are free at my Teachers Pay Teacher's store, just click on them to download!" However, they are not free, they are $4.
    I was really excited that some cute posters would be free, not so excited to pay for them now.

    1. Hi Rebecca, I thought that I was very clear in my description of what was free. The sentence that you are referring to is for the picture above the words, my growth mindset/metacognition posters. The next paragraph clearly states, "The next part of my emoji update is the complete set of self-assessment tools, which you can also find for sale in my TpT store by clicking on the following picture."

  6. Hi Denise, I'm in love with your TpT products! The lessons that I've seen are amazing. I love the way you incorporate your knowledge of how the brain works and great teaching tips! I just have an observation about the "Eleven Rules for Engaging Students' Brains". The sixth (talking) and seventh (listening) suggestions are incorrect. The Wernicke's area in the brain has to do with auditory comprehension-therefore should be 'listening'. The Brocca's area is mostly responsible for verbal production-'talking'.

    Once again, thank you for sharing your fabulous work!!

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