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2nd Grade Teacher at a school in Melbourne, Australia. My job: push kids to think. My passion: helping kids to tackle the life-long skill of searching for meaning, skills, answers and more questions.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

The Homework Adventure begins with a single, honest step. Self Evaluation.

I've decided to break up the Homework Adventure journey into its many, smaller parts.  This way, no single post will be too overwhelming or boring - or simply just too draining to read.

Not that kind of 'draining'!

Step One:








Student Reflections.

We began the process on Day Two of the new school year with Student Evaluations.
I shall scan some of my students' responses for you to see next week.  Every step of the way, when showing kids' work, I shall protect their confidentiality.  It will be important to share the thinking, the successes and the failures (which will all be my fault) along the way.

Step 1: Genuine and honest self-evaluations
So here is the first step.  To give a taste test of the rest of the journey, here are the chapters that I foresee.  Please feel free to suggest a chapter title that you think I've missed.
  • Genuine student reflections - more to come on this.
  • Evaluating our areas for improvement
  • Setting SMART goals - remember this old chestnut?
  • The Weekly Planner - a new masterstroke addition
  • Ongoing parent input
  • Fidelity of Implementation
  • Reflect, you must...
    Learn, you can...
    Do, or do not.  There is no 'try'.
    How to deal with changes and problems
  • Morning classroom discussions
  • Individual student conferencing
  • Ongoing evaluation of the process
  • Creating a catalogue of ideas
  • Refining the product with input from each of the stakeholders
  • New, genuine student reflections
  • Episode Four - A New Hope (just wanted a StarWars reference here)
Your thoughts always welcomed.
El Capitano.

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