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Building’s Begun: Morning Minutes, May 16, 2016



Last week I began the process of drafting a profile of what I want learners to look like in my classroom. This is what I have come up with so far. I tried to imagine the “story of next year,” attempting to write the roles of my learning stars, hoping to develop a script that provides some direction but also allows for some license as each “lives into” his or her character.

This will become a part of their learning logs, which they will complete every two weeks as part of their required self-assessment/reflection. Of course, I will provide descriptions/explanations for each element, so the kids understand the thinking behind the thinking. I am also toying with the idea of creating a “learner’s handbook” for each kid, a guide of sorts for caring for an A–since they will all now be guardians of their bouncing baby letters.

Additionally, I am in the process of selecting my ten “Super-Student Standards” for next year that will represent the core of our learning journey. They, too, are in draft form, and I will share them soon. My goal here is to take a measured, honest look at what kids really need to know–now and later, drawing not only from the Common Core State Standards but also my twenty years experience. Of course these will likely change, as I learn and grow, but I want them to be the learning experiences/outcomes on which we will hang our hats in 210 (new room next year).

Please take a look below. Of course, feedback is always welcome. Happy Monday, all.

Super-Student Profile
I have a growth mindset.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I take responsibility for my growth as a learner.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I read to learn.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I practice to learn.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I collaborate to learn.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I participate to learn.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I reflect to learn.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I am a good listener.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I demonstrate independence and resourcefulness.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I ask for help when I need it.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I am respectful of others’ views.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I contribute to my classroom community.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I am punctual.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I use class time wisely.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

I observe and follow classroom norms, rules, and procedures.

Hardly ever     Occasionally     Sometimes     Frequently     Almost always

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4 Replies to “Building’s Begun: Morning Minutes, May 16, 2016”

  • I like that Syrie. I think it’ll benefit both you and the students. My one suggestion would to maybe have a spot for each category to let the students explain why they rated themselves the way they did. I feel that by having them write their reasoning down, it’ll help them evaluate themselves more accurately. Just a thought. But I’m excited to see what happens in your class next year!

    • Great suggestion. One that I’d already considered and will have a space for next year. The kids will have to provide a reflection/explanation for each of the elements. Thanks for always supporting me Amarise. I truly appreciate it. 🙂

  • I like the idea of the super student profile. It will give the student the opportunity to reflect and to be more responsible of their “A”s.

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