Tired. Getting sick. Again. But the work continues–though I suspect there won’t be much Super in the Syrie today. Just Simple Syrie. Some days it’s just about survival. Today is about survival.
My tenth-grade team and I recently made some changes to our Learning Log. We felt the former was too teacher-dependent, and so with this one, we sought to make it more learner-dependent. We wanted them to be pushed to dig into their performances to seek to discover and understand the why of their misses. In most cases, this can be determined from the accompanying criteria, but in others it necessitates a conversation with us. Either way, the kids are placed in a position where they have to find some answers, information that will not only help them understand their most recent performance but also will help them better hit the targets in the next one.
Additionally, we added a target-specific growth-goal requirement. The plan here is to get the kids to identify from their “digging” a particular target for which they need to improve their aim. Once identified, we want them to come up with a plan for progress between now and the next Learning Log, for which the “timeline” has changed. Our initial thinking with Learning Logs is that we would complete them every two weeks, but in truth, there just wasn’t enough to log about, so we now have taken a more flexible, responsive approach, completing them when there is sufficient information to do so. For me, that’s looking to be every three-to-four weeks. We will complete one today.
Along today’s trail we will…
…begin with Smiles and Frowns.
…complete Learning Logs.
…continue description practice.
…end with a Sappy Sy Rhyme.
Happy Monday, all.
Do Reflect. Do Better.