The tic-tac-toe format can be utilized when students create a final product at the end of the unit of study. It allows students to choose their final assignment in a way that teachers can control. In a tic-tac-toe chart, students need to simply choose “three in a row,” either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Alternatively, teachers may mandate that students are required to complete only vertically or diagonally. Here is an example of a tic-tac-toe chart:
As the school year begins, if we know that are children are strong in certain areas and weak in others, as parents we can advocate schools to seek out students’ strengths, coach for success, and monitor individual growth against goals. Additionally, parents can encourage teachers to use multiple assessments to evaluate student progress throughout the year. It’s simply important to remind ourselves constantly that if students cannot learn the way we teach, we had better teach the way he can learn.