I used to do a variation on the Stoplight Activity but after seeing this on the Teaching Channel https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/daily-lesson-assessment decided to try this method when school started in the fall. One of my former students helped me pick out the “best” place in the room to put the three “lights,” and my students were intrigued when they saw them.

I had the chance to see it in action after a review lesson with my 8th graders on graphing and substitution with systems of equations. Our first quiz did not go so well for many students in the class. I decided to take another day to review using direct instruction and small groups that worked on specific questions they felt were the most challenging.

“I’m thinking more about graphing. I am almost there, just need more practice.”

“Today I learned that you should substitute during a solution problem because they already give you the x and the y.”

“Today I learned I am good at the distributive property.”

“Today I learned that I have been making a lot of simple errors that are easily fixable.”

“Today I Learned how lazy I am being. I didn’t study much, so my reward for laziness has been a disappointing grade. I’m thinking more about improving. To quit being lazy.”

We had a “retake” the following day, and many of the boys did so much better. The first quiz of the year is always hard, and they also needed a little more time to review. Collaborating helped, and I was able to listen to them teach each other during the smaller group sessions. I’m looking forward to using this activity with my other classes.