About this teaching resource
Tally Charts are interactive checklists for teachers and students. They provide a list of what success looks like and what actions were taken. In this way they become powerful observational and self-assessment/checking tools.
Create your own Tally Chart with your students when you want to show students what they can do to be successful during a long-term task. Ready-made Tally Charts can be used as guides to support you when you are creating your own, or can be downloaded and printed for immediate use.
Why use a Tally Chart?
Tally Charts help teachers to:
- Determine what students need to do to be successful
- Make the learning and actions to take quite visible to students
- Match Mini-Lessons to each element listed on the Tally Chart
- Tally when a student shows evidence of taking the listed action
- See how successful students are at applying the actions
Tally Charts help students to:
- Know what they can do to be successful
- Remember the actions to take
- Keep a record of their own learning by having their own mini tally chart
- Self-assess how successful they have been at the end of the extended task
- Enlarge to A3 for use when modelling
- Enlarge to A3 for classroom display, so that the learning focus stays visible.
- Use A4 or A5 versions for students to use as self-assessment/self-check lists
- Use different colours to tally on different days.
Tally Charts have 3 features -
- A title that states the learning focus
- Left column outlines actions or features to being successful at the learning
- Right column collects the tallys to indicate use of action or feature.
- A number of ready-made Tally Charts serve as examples, as well as being ready to use.
- Blank tally sheets are perfect for you to write in your own title, actions.
- Many times it is best to add one action at a time as you build toward the big goal.
When to use:
- Use them at the beginning of a learning unit to begin to introduce the criteria for success
- Use them during a learning unit to add more elements and to reflect on learning and evidence of learning at various intervals.
- Use Tally Charts as end of unit assessment records
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