Marzano scales are not that easy to create on your own, and even more difficult as you try to dissect what little background knowledge that young children have. After a bit of procrastination, I decided on a format that I felt, after having taught first and second grade for 6 years, would work well for this age level. The main reason Marzano scales can be so effective in promoting student growth is that they help kids to self-assess. Children who are aware of their learning are paying more attention and making more of the mental associations that sear content into their long-term memory. Young children have a smaller capacity for translating verbal goals into mental pictures, making conscious associations, and reflecting on those associations.

Here’s a format that works better for them.  Visual examples, simple language, standards broken down into step-by-step levels that takes into consideration the content, as well as their reasoning abilities. I love that Marzano scales give an instant guide for differentiation. If you’re planning differentiation ahead of time, or deciding on the spot how to work with small groups, the leveled examples are a quick and easy reference. Especially if you already have them posted for your students!














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