As mentioned in other posts, I do not require practice cards, but I do hold a playing test every 2 weeks where students play alone for me during class. In the past, I have always had each student play the same test, no matter how advanced or how behind they might be. I have finally found a way to differentiate for my playing tests so that I can have students practice and work on things that are more relevant to their current level of progression.
Today, I announced to all of my classes that they would have a playing test on Friday. I assigned my advanced players a more difficult solo melody that we will play at our next concert. I assigned one line from our method book to most of the rest of the class. Then, for my lower-level learners, I made a specialized assignment and I passed this out to them individually. My lower level learners will concentrate on instrument position and note-reading so that they can gain the skills they need in order to catch up with the rest of the class.
Here is the assignment I am using for my lower-level learners:
I made flashcards for each student using this template and stapled them to the Alternate Playing Test form:
I am excited to see how this will help my students. I wish I would have done this sooner!