Outlaw "I'm Done!" I LOVE this post from Kady at The Teacher Trap. She makes some really good points and includes suggestions for helping kids change their mindsets about rushing through their assignments.
Metacognition: Helping Students Assess Their Own Learning (Light Bulbs and Laughter)
Objective Here are some neat ways to have students assess their own learning. This teacher also recommended using tap lights for each student as a way to check their understanding of a lesson really quick before moving on.
These writing targets are specifically aligned with Australian Curriculum English Years , which allows teachers to easily provide feedback and future learning targets to students; however, they could be easily used in any educational setting.