This year I wanted to give my students the responsibility and experience of marking themselves on their work.
We marked ourselves on our learning skills back in November and I found that they struggled with it. I created this document and let the students mark themselves on learning skills.
Afterwards I wrote a paragraph to use for the comments addressing the learning skills that we have been working on in class. When I started filling in the appropriate words to the students mark they didn’t match up.
This semester I decided to try it a new way. I pre-wrote the paragraph for the learning skills comment. I left blanks for the qualifier that would make sense for their level of achievement and gave them a table of the grade and corresponding qualifiers.
I printed out copies on paper for each students and went over what to do. The students got the paper and filled in corresponding qualifiers and then they had to decide their mark for each learning skills based on which qualifier they used.
Then I shared the online version in Google Classroom and each student had to replace ‘Name’ with their name, he/she with their corresponding gender and enter in their choice of qualifiers.
I read them through before entering them into their report card and have honestly found that they are accurate marking themselves most of the time or too hard on themselves. It really is a great way for them to check in and see how they are doing.
The first week of school is the most important one in the whole year.
Design your own Classroom and our Class Theme:
I have written many times about reading “Passionate Learners” by Pernille Ripp and how it changed my teaching practice. This year since I’m teaching Grade 6 I really want to give my students voice and choice in all aspects of my classroom. It starts with setting up the classroom.
We will also be deciding what we want our class to be called, our portable called, and our theme song. After this has been decided we will create out classroom blog and twitter account based on our theme.
Asking Classroom Questions:
Team Building Activities:
Character Calendar by Blair Turner:
Character and Digital Citizenship will be a HUGE focus in my classroom this year. I love these Character Calendars that Blair Turner made.
One Word Project and Goals:
We are going to be setting goals each week but in the first we are going to think of our goals and then decide on one word that we will focus on for the year. This is where I got the idea from.
This year I really want to plan incorporating student choice and voice in my classroom. The only place I’m really stuck is Math.
In Math I really want to practice Problem Solving every day, do real world applications, and allow my students choice in how they learn and practice the math skills.
I thought about doing a task list of tasks the students can accomplish to show and practice their learning. Here is the idea below.
Also I wanted to do more self assessment and more accountability in their learning. So I created this.
This is a very rough idea but I would really appreciate your feedback.
I’m so excited! After teaching Grade 1 and Grade 1/2 for two years, next year I will be teaching Grade 6. I’m so excited but I know that I need to look at the curriculum and I want to teach very differently this year. I want to give much more responsibility to the students. From setting up the classroom, to creating their own goals, to learning objectives and much more.
If you are teaching Grade 6 and want to team up in the summer to plan and then check in how it is going throughout the year, I would love to talk to you. You need to live in Ontario, and I would prefer Ottawa, but if not, we can do Google Hangouts.
I really want to use real world examples, create passionate learning, do genius hour, blogging about learning, use twitter, mystery skypes, and much more.
Let me know if you are interested!