Daily Focus Wall

Last year our school district adopted the Marzano Teacher Evaluation model.  We are adding domains to be observed on each year. We are taking it slow so that teachers will really understand what they are being observed on.

Soon, we will need to begin posting our student learning goals.  I wanted to give it a go this year.  I originally planned on using these dry erase boards to write I can statements with the kiddos each day.

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But then I thought – what good is it for my kiddos if they can’t actually READ what their goals are.  I decided to ditch the dry erase boards and make my daily focus wall more of a giant anchor chart for the kids.

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I already had the banner made, and even though I use my interactive white board for my calendar, I still need to have a calendar on my wall for the kids (and me) to see.  I just re-arranged some things and moved my daily schedule to the board right next to this one.

This board is right next to my teaching area, so we look at it every single morning.  We talk about what our target goals are for the day, the vocabulary we are learning, the numbers/shapes/letters we are focusing on, and read our sight words every day.

The children refer to the board all day long! I’m so happy with it! As the year progresses, I am going to add more I can statements.

So, here is the breakdown….

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Here are the links to some of the resources I use:

Daily Calendar KitAlphaHeroes! Learning the Alphabet with Superheroes!

Shape & Color Mini Posters with a Chevron FlairNumber Anchor Charts {1-20}

Kindergarten Common Core & More Content Word Wall

I’m still on the hunt for some great Kindergarten science and social studies vocabulary cards! If you know of some, please let me know!

If you would like to have the headers that I use for your classroom, click below to download them!

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If you download, please be so kind as to leave a comment! How do you display your standards/I can statements?! 

28 comments:

  1. Your focus wall looks great! I've been meaning to put one together... now I'm inspired! :)
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  2. Hi Kathleen,
    I live in Florida and this is our 3rd year using Marzano. I am a kindergarten teacher as well and for my classroom we use "we will be able to" so similar to I can. Our district requires us to write the words but we can have pictures next to it as well. So what I do is read the learning goal before starting the lesson and then use my learning scale. My learning scale consists of a thumbs up- I understand and can do it by myself, thumb side ways- I kind of get it but need more help and thumbs down- I do not understand. My learning goal has a pictures of thumbs up, side ways, down with this all written next to it. The learning scale is good because students are able to evaluate themselves and tell you where they are and it's good for teachers because you get to see where they are and if they need more practice or are able to move on. I use the learning scale throughout my lesson- beg, middle, end referring back to the learning goal. Anyways, this works for me. Just thought I would share. Thank you for sharing your focus wall headers and all your creative ideas. I always enjoy coming to visit your blog :)

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  3. I've been waiting for these headers all week...thank you so much! I already use your calendar pack and haven't been in love with the rest of my focus wall...this was just what I needed! I really appreciate all the hard work you put into your products! :)

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  4. i use a big pocket chart attached to my whiteboard. vhair61215@gmail.com

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  5. Love the idea of a daily focus wall... thanks for sharing.

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  6. Yeah! Many thanks Kathleen for posting the daily focus. I really appreciate the time you took to do this. This is a wonderful display for people coming into a kindergarten class that has no ideas what goes on in our classrooms! This is also helpful to keep on track with the common core! Again, thanks for posting these wonderful ideas! I can't wait to always read your blog and purchase yoru ideas! Now on to laminate! You are AMAZING! Thanks!
    Maryann
    brennemm@carlisleschools.org

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  7. love the idea of a focus wall. thanks for the headers!

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  8. I loooooooove your products, your blog, everything. I am here at school today to clean, organize, and prepare for next week, so I was only going to look at the blog quickly, but of course that turned into an hour+ of purchasing, printing, preparing my focus wall. :-)
    Love it --such a great idea as always!!! Thanks!

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  9. Thank you so much! I use your calendar book on my Promethean Board and love it! Can't wait to add my focus wall this week!

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  10. I love your Focus Wall! This will definitely help make my Focus Wall so much more organized! Thank you so much!!! :)

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  11. I LOVE your focus wall! Thank you for sharing! I just posted Science vocabulary cards and have SS ones in the works. I would be honored if you would take a moment to look!
    http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Science-Vocabulary-Cards-953329

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  12. I love this! Totally used it in my room! I also downloaded Cara Caroll's shape and color posters. Do you have a header for color to post the color posters under?

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  13. Could you do a header for "color?" I could use your blank ones to do one, but I really want it to match the others. This is such a cute set; I cannot wait to use it this coming year. Thank you!

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  14. We love your focus wall in our KG section!!! Thanks for sharing the headers! I love them!!!! Definitely will be up in my whole group learning area! :-)

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  15. Could you tell me what font you used for the headers? I want to make one that says "Theme" for our theme of the week in PreK. Thanks!

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  16. I would love to know what font you used in your headers!

    Thank you SO much for sharing!!! These are amazing!!!

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  17. thanks for the freebie headers.. Will definitely make a focus wall this year, looks great!

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  18. Thank you for the freebie headers...They are awesome!

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  19. Do you have the banner! I love it?

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  20. Your focus wall is Amazing. Thank you for sharing!🌺

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  21. Thank you for adding the links to the resources to TPT! That was so helpful! Great ideas.

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  23. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing! I would love to have these in bright colors to match my classroom theme. Would you consider alternating the colors to put in your store? I am willing to pay for it.
    Thanks!

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  24. Thank you so much for the focus wall headings! I've been looking for ones for the board I just made for the school year! :) I'm planning to also purchase your calendar bundle! So excited!!!

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  25. LOVED this focus wall so much I wanted to recreate it myself for homeschooling this year.. Decided to go ahead and purchase parts from the store, to give back for the great ideas, as well as save time.. Unfortunately I did not realize the actual headers were NOT included in each calendar kit and chose the pink and green one (my kinder is a HUGE pink fan) and I am now stuck with mismatched pieces and as cute as they are, it is going to drive my OCD crazy lol.. so will probably end up trying to make my own headers that match the pink/green kit... Long story short -- make sure you buy the calendar kit the link goes to if you want everything to match, and know the kit does not include the headers, but they are FREE (which was awesome!!) If you ever get around to making a girly version of the headers, or even if there is maybe some way I could get a blank jpg file of one of the Month headers from the pink/green calendar kit to make my own... that would be AMAZINGGGG!! Overall, thank you so much for your hard work and all the cute ideas!! Looking forward to checking more out as the year goes on!!

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    2. also I tried finding the other Calendar Time to see if it had the actual template for the month (bottom left of your board) but can't seem to find that part anywhere?

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