A quick Google search led me here: I Learn Technology. I loved their ideas (and there are a BUNCH) - a Bloomin' Peacock, Pinwheel, Umbrella, and a Tree (all available as posters for sale). But they still didn't do quite what I needed. After talking with a colleague, we decided that hats would work... you know, like the one Uncle Sam wears? Here is what we came up with(as it was in May 2011 before taking it down for EOGs):
This worked well enough. In reflection though, there were some issues.
- I never seemed to have time to add to the hats as we went. Instead I found myself looking back through a month's worth of lesson plans (and later chatting with the kids) and doing it that way. Made the hats not as valuable.
- I never felt like my kids had a good sense of the flow from most basic to more complex.
- Toward the end of the year, I really resented loosing an entire bulletin board to the 6 hats.
One idea I had was to leave the blue field empty. Then as the year progressed, add stars with the icons or projects. Each could be labeled with the level (or maybe coded some other way.) But I really liked the hats because it made it very easy to see where we had been spending our assignment energy... I'm very visual and often used it to redirect my lesson planning to hit other areas that were a little sparse.
So this whole post was just a plea - Ideas please?!?!
*Flag image from a PDF sent out by Evan-Moor - Seasonal Activities - EMC 2002 pages 146 & 147
I copied and pasted them together in Paint. Low tech for the win!