Posts Tagged ‘goal making’

New Year. New School. New Focus.

This year I’m teaching at a new school. I’m so excited for a fresh start. I’ve been really focusing on rethinking all my teaching practices and figuring out what is important to me this year.

This year I’m focusing on:

  • Student Conferences
  • Student Voice and Choice
  • Student Learning
  • Goals

Student Conferences:

I just bought my own Chromebook. I’m so excited to be able to work with my students and conference with them more. By spending more time with them conferences, I will be able to build better relationships with all my students and challenge them more.

Student Voice and Choice:

This year we are going to start with a blank slate. Literally. I have a blank classroom and I’m so excited to let my students have say about how they want to arrange and decorate the classroom. We are going to start the year with 7 key questions.

Thanks so much to George Couros, Stephanie Ranger and Leanne Stanton for some ideas to make my questions more impactful.

Student Learning:

Who actually really know how they learn and what they need to succeed? I’ve been in school or teaching for 31 years and I had no idea. I want to empower my students to learn about how they learn and learn about and use tools to help them be as successful as possible. Students will learn about what kinds of learners they are. This will be highly impact on how we set up our classroom this year so I have left our classroom as empty as possible so we can set up based on their learning styles and what they need.This will be something we will be working on throughout the year.

Goals:

Setting goals is so important for students to learn. We are going to focus on them a lot this year and learn in the first week how to create SMART goals. We are going to write and reflect on our goals once a week and I plan to discuss their goals with them when I conference with them as well. I think it is also important for teachers to share their personal and professional goals with them so students can see that we are all learners.

What are you focusing on this year? I would love to know. Let me know in the comments below.

Learning Skills-Self Assessing and Reflecting

I created the below document to help my students learn about the learning skills we assess them on in Ontario. I am going to give them this document at the beginning of the year so that they can create goals about these learning skills. I want my students to  be able to self-assess and reflect on what they can do better for the next term.

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 7.46.51 PM

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 7.47.03 PM

Click on the picture for the link.

Reflective Teaching: 30 days of blogging for teachers Day 19

Day 19

Name three powerful ways students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often.

1) Goal Making
Goal making seems to be an amazing way that students can set goals in their own learning and then reflect back on how they did. When they reflect on their goals it important that they set new updated goals based on their reflections.

2) I can statements
This year I’m using specific I can statements so students can know where they are on that subject, make goals, and then reflect back on how they did on that specific statement.

3) Conferences with teacher with or without parents
I think it is important to meet with students one on one at least weekly to see how they are doing. You can bring up some trouble you think that they are having or ask them what they think. I’m going to do that this year. Set one attainable goal WITH the students say and then next week or meeting check in on the specific goal and add to it or keep on working on it.
I think it’s important during parent conferences that the students reflect on their own work and show their parents the work they are most proud of.