At the beginning of this school year, I decided to focus on “Confer” and “Captivate”. After taking some time to review my students’ survey results, I decided to focus mostly on “Confer” and to also keep “Consolidate” in mind.
Here are some action steps I’ve identified to help me progress towards this goal.
- Build a buffer time/Q&A session in lessons. One of the biggest barriers I find in my ability to confer/consolidate with students is time. I’m hoping to try and build in 10 minutes to my lessons to allow students to ask questions.
- Continue to use formative check in quizzes with students. I do this the beginning of most of my classes. Students decide if they are ready to try a short formative quiz or if they want to use that time to ask questions/get clarification.
- Student feedback at each quarter. Have students share some changes they would like to see, things that they want to keep, ideas they have for activities/lessons.
- Individual student conferences. In addition to quick check-ins after formative quizzes, I would like to do individual student conferences once per semester.
My goal = slow down.
In a place so full of activity, it might be weird (and perhaps a bit bold) for this to be my professional growth goal. Add in the fact that I’m a new teacher at ISB, and this just sounds unattainable.
Here’s my thinking: I often feel that I get caught up in the cycle of working/planning/grading that I miss the most crucial aspect of teaching – working with kids. I spend hours planning cool activities and labs, but I rarely ask students what they thought of it. I sometimes move on from lessons and topics because I feel the stress of time. I want students to take ownership over their own learning, but I don’t provide opportunities for them to decide how learning activities should happen.
So that’s my goal this year – to slow down, work collaboratively with my students, and design a learning experience together that we can all be proud of.
Which of the 7Cs will you work on this year? Why?
Confer: I give students opportunities to share their thoughts about how learning activities should happen. I seek feedback from my students about the effectiveness of my learning activities.
Captivate: I try to make my lessons relevant to students’ lives and the world outside of school. I create assignments/assessments that sustain students’ interest.