To create an environment where students better understand themselves as learners and take initiative in developing as learners, as thinkers, and as community members. Teachers will support students in setting learning goals to work towards and reflect upon. Teachers will provide formative assessment that provides each student with guidance and the tools and opportunities to meet their goals.
This year we began by scanning our staff in order to reconnect to our School Story and clarify our direction. In small groups, staff discussed the following:
- What is going for our learners?
- How do we know?
- Why does it matter?
Following our staff staff, we came up with a hunch — students are still learning to self-reflect to the extent that we are currently asking them to. We need to teach students the skills to meaningfully self-reflect and to adjust their learning and thinking to continually meet their goals. We need to look at scaffolding lessons to support students in developing:
- an understanding of who they are as learners
- the ability to set attainable and relevant goals
- the ability to reflect on their progress
With the primary goal of finding out if our students are connecting to what they are learning and making adjustments in response to feedback, we then asked students the following four questions:
- What are you learning and why is it important?
- How is it going with your learning?
- What are your next steps?
- Can you name two people in this setting who feel that you will be success?
Prior to scanning our students, we discussed the potential need to adjust these questions and their delivery (oral, written, pictures) in order to elicit meaningful answers. Staff made changes in order to make questions more approachable and clear depending on the learners.