Preview Upcoming Marking Period


To build a shared expectation around performance and content by previewing the upcoming marking period (quarter, semester, trimester), showing students what they can expect, and a story for how their knowledge will be built over the long-term.


Previewing the upcoming marking period helps students see the purpose of the assignments they’ll be asked to complete as well as helps students plan over the long term for units or lessons that are high demand so they can plan on finding support proactively.

Action Steps

  • When planning the semester, compress topics, major assignment descriptions, major assessment content, and any other pertinent information into a single document that students can keep.
  • Share the document with students and spend time talking through it with students.
  • Cite this same document as major assignments and due dates occur through the semester.



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