Teacher Tools for the Critical Skills Classroom

Tools for the Critical Skills Classroom is a supplemental resource for teachers, designed to be used in association with the Level I and II Critical Skills Coaching Kit. ACSR is pleased to offer this set of resources for the classroom to support student work and teacher facilitation free of charge. The tools are designed to be copied and used. You will find few specific directions for how to use individual tools because they are designed to allow you to interpret and apply them in ways that fit your unique environment. There are three types of tools included here:

Student tools guide students through processes such as problem solving, decision making, and collaboration. It provides a vehicle for creating evidence of their thoughts and actions.

Assessment tools illustrate a variety of ways to effectively use quality criteria as a foundation for giving rich feedback to students and for engaging them in an assessment dialog.

Coaching, planning and design tools aid teachers in planning for facilitation and mediation of student experiences. There are also tools that demonstrate several different approaches to the crafting of problem-based challenges.

For your convenience, we have designated tools as appropriate for use at the Elementary, Middle or Secondary level. The differences are largely in format and phrasing, but feel free to use any tool as you deem appropriate.

Download our:

Title Grade Level Purpose Description
Individual Feedback Middle School, High School Feedback Assessment
Individual Feedback 2 Elementary, Middle School Feedback Assessment
Mulit-Skill & Disposition Feedback Form Middle School, High School Feedback Assessment
Observation Checklist Middle School, High School Checklist Assessment
Product Quality Middle School, High School Challenge Design Assessment
Skill/ Disposition/ Feedback Form Elementary, Middle School Rubrics Assessment
Skill/ Disposition/ Feedback Form 2 Elementary, Middle School Rubrics Assessment
Skill/ Disposition/ Feedback Form 3 Elementary, Middle School Rubrics Assessment
Skill/ Disposition/ Feedback Form 4 Middle School, High School Rubrics Assessment
Skill/ Disposition/ Feedback Form 5 Middle School, High School Rubrics Assessment
Alternatives And Choices Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Alternatives, Possibilities, and Choices Middle School, High School Decision Making Student Tool
Brainstorming Ideas Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Brainstorming Ideas Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Brainstorming 1 Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Brainstorming 2 Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Brainstorming 3 Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Brainstorming 4 Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Brainstorming Middle School, High School Idea Generation Student Tool
Deciding Among Options Middle School, High School Decision Making Student Tool
Deciding Among Options 2 Middle School, High School Decision Making Student Tool
Decide on the Best Idea.pdf Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Decide on the Best Idea 2 Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Deciding Among Options 2 Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Deciding Among Options Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Defining the Problem Elementary, Middle School Problem Solving Student Tool
Defining the Problem 2 Middle School, High School Problem Solving Student Tool
Do We Have All The Information? Middle School, High School Problem Solving Student Tool
Getting Out of the Box Elementary, Middle School Creative Thinking Student Tool
Group Problem Solving Middle School, High School Problem Solving Student Tool
Do We Have All The Information? 2 Elementary, Middle School Problem Solving Student Tool
Helps & Hindrances Middle School, High School Decision Making Student Tool
Helps & Hindrances 2 Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Inquiry Chart Middle School, High School Problem Solving Student Tool
Ideas, People, Process, Products Middle School, High School Collaboration Student Tool
Ideas, People, Process, Products 2 Elementary, Middle School Collaboration Student Tool
Learning Log Middle School, High School Reflection Student Tool
Learning Log 2 Elementary, Middle School Reflection Student Tool
Looks Like/ Sounds Like/ Feels Like Middle School, High School Quality Student Tool
Looks Like/ Sounds Like/ Feels Like 2 Elementary, Middle School Quality Student Tool
Make A Plan For Your Work Middle School, High School Task Management Student Tool
Make A Plan For Your Work 2 Elementary, Middle School Task Management Student Tool
Mindmap Brainstorm 2 Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Mindmap Brainstorm Elementary, Middle School Idea Generation Student Tool
Planning Time Line Middle School, High School Task Management Student Tool
Planning Time Line 2 Elementary, Middle School Task Management Student Tool
Plus, Minus, Interesting Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Plus, Minus, Interesting 2 Middle School, High School Decision Making Student Tool
Problem Sleuthing Middle School, High School Problem Solving Student Tool
Problem Sleuthing 2 Elementary, Middle School Problem Sovling Student Tool
Problem Solving Checklist Elementary, Middle School Problem Solving Student Tool
Project Planning Chart Middle School, High School Task Management Student Tool
Project Planning Chart 2 Elementary, Middle School Task Management Student Tool
Reflective Thinking Elementary, Middle School Reflection Student Tool
Key Concepts of Reflective Thinking Middle School, High School Reflection Student Tool
Reflective Thinking 2 Middle School, High School Reflection Student Tool
Reflective Thinking 3 Elementary, Middle School Reflection Student Tool
Should We Do This? Elementary, Middle School Problem Solving Student Tool
Should We Really Do This? Middle School, High School Problem Solving Student Tool
Sources & Resources Elementary, Middle School Documentation Student Tool
Sources & Resources 2 Elementary, Middle School Problem Solving Student Tool
Understanding the Problem Middle School, High School Problem Solving Student Tool
Understanding the Problem 2 Elementary, Middle School Problem Solving Student Tool
What Do I See Happening? Elementary, Middle School Collaboration Student Tool
What Do I See Happening? 2 Middle School, High School Collaboration Student Tool
What Do I See Happening? 3 Elementary, Middle School Collaboration Student Tool
What Might Happen If? Middle School, High School Decision Making Student Tool
What Might Happen If? 2 Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
What Might Happen If? 3 Middle School, High School Decision Making Student Tool
What Might Happen If? 4 Elementary, Middle School Decision Making Student Tool
Who Is Doing What? (Planning Tool) Elementary, Middle School Task Management Student Tool
Who Is Doing What? 2 (Planning Tool) Middle School, High School Task Management Student Tool