Planning for Post-It Note Assessments #made4math


Let me just say I love Post-It notes.  @druinok questioned me last spring, “Just how many do you go through in a year?” The answer, I have no clue.  I use them once week or so on average, because like anything else, kids can get bored with them.

About 4 years ago, it was my curriculum specialist B.Wade and colleague J.Jessie who introduced me to Post-It note quizzes as a quick exit ticket tool to gauge where students thought they were. 


@tbanks1906 blogs about it here as well.

So last year, I was introduced to this site called Pinterest, not sure if you’ve ever heard of it. 🙂  Anyway, I ran across this great reflection tool, 2-minute Assessment Grid,


that I shared here and a follow-up Chalk Talk #makthinkvis activity here.

This issue I ran into this past spring, I didn’t have time to read/reflect on each class’ responses before the next class was filing in.  So, my #made4math for this week… I am laminating full size, color posterboards.  I already color-code my classes, 1st red, 2nd orange, 3rd yellow, 4th green, 5th blue.  I will leave one side of each board blank, but on the other, I will draw out my grid with icons before laminating. 


Snipping some reinforced holes at the top so I can hang it on the wall using command hooks. (Thanks @solvingforx for this idea!) Students place their responses on, then I can remove their poster and replace with the next class’ for their responses.  During my planning, I can sit down and review each class separately.  Since, they are poster boards, it will be easy to store between 2 file cabinets or behind a shelf.

I can easily attach other color-coded stickies on the back side to create my Stop-light or any other formative assessment involving post-it notes, and this will allow me to keep each class section separate until I can sit down for some quality time to analyze and reflect.

Pam Wilson, NBCT
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6 responses »

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  2. Pam, I love these ideas for formative assessment! I have some questions for you …

    1. Color coding your classes … what do you color code? I can see color coding the posters for collecting the sticky notes … love that idea … but what else should I be color coding? I have 6 classes, on an block A/B schedule … 3 classes a day.

    2. What other formative assessments do you do with sticky notes? Do you have a list?

    Thank you for sharing!!

    • A2 these two illustrations are the most common sticky notes FAs I use. When problem solving, letting students give peer feedback 2 stars and a wish…tell 2 things they did well, that you like or that are correct and a suggestion for improvement. @maxmathforum shared an idwa of Notice & Wonder this past weekend. Students get 2 different color stickies, they walk around room, looking at others’ work, maybe graphs…one color is something they notice, the othermis something they wonder or have a Q about.

      I used to,think… but know I know… as reflection tool.

      2 stickies, one for how they are alike, one for how they are different.

      2 stickies, give an example, give a nonexample.

      Create the problem, equation or write a scenario.

      What I learned… how I learned it… how I know I learned it…

      Muddiest point…

      Lightbulb moment…

      All of these can be done on paper, index cards, etc. But students enjoy slapping the sticky on the board. 🙂

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