Start and end class with a short assessment by using daily warm-ups and exit slips; this will maximize instruction time and help you track student progress, plus it will validate the students’ efforts

  • Starting assignments should:
    • require a visible product (such as a piece of writing) to hold students accountable.
    • For instance, you may ask students to define or use vocabulary terms, or write short pieces of pseudocode. 
  • Exit slips should:
    • be quick and easy for the teacher to check after class is over. 
    • A Google form may be especially convenient for this since data is automatically summarized and organized.
  • Using data from these assignments, create a bar graph for each student's growth throughout the class.
  • Note from the CS Teaching Tips Team: Reminding students that hard work will help them grow as learners (and result in improved data results) uses the idea of the Growth Mindset.


More about this tip

External Source

Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov, Technique 29: "Do Now"

Deirdre Levy and Chris Duquesnel from the CSNYC Tip-A-Thon.

Interview with Myra Deister