A lame excuse.....Frankly, I've been worried about the direction my Home Learning seemed to be heading. I have spent a lot of time and energy this year paying close attention to the voices of discontent. There have been such voices - although they remain the vast minority. I've paid attention to different opinions because I respect the place from which all input has come - genuine interest in the best result for the kids. I've listened to arguments for and against what I do each day with goal setting and Home Learning. Now it's time to share the results I'm seeing in my classroom.
It didn't happen overnight, but it did happen.....
We started by discussing what we'd all done towards our goals. This informal conversation happens most mornings in 4RB. Nothing particularly new. However, this morning the kids started offering up pretty amazing statements - and evidence of learning *gasp*
T-Rex wrote about blowing up the school......
|... and getting a Lambo for his birthday. The blowing up school part made a catchier subheading.|
"Well, my guitar lesson was cancelled, so I figured I'd use that time to
work on my writing goal and get some times tables sorted out."This kid has learned to manage his time so effectively that he can show flexibility and creativity on the spot. T-Rex, incidentally, has started hassling me to show him techniques to develop his writing skills. The kid groaned audibly when we used to write journals on a Monday....
Netty wrote a story about guinea-pigs.....
|Loooooook at him! What a fine fellow. If he inspires writing, he's even cuter to me!|
Netty LOVES guinea-pigs. Obsessed? Perhaps just a little. None of us were surprised that Netty had written a story for her own entertainment about this topic. We were, however pretty impressed with why she had done it. You see... Netty wants to develop her writing skills - primarily her punctuation. The story is NOT perfectly punctuated, but Netty WANTS to know how she can get it right. I will need to offer my thoughts and feedback.
Lolly completed a 'weekly number' just for kicks......
|Monday's inquiry circle included a cool discussion about memes. It seemed appropriate to use one here.|
Other kids started sharing their Home Learning choices freely....
...and soon enough, there was a pretty great conversation happening about what we are all doing in our own ways to develop the skills we KNOW that we need for our futures. Brayds is researching for his own skill development. Hazz is smashing his spelling. Vini does maths sheets like they're going out of fashion. Kingy is still trying his heel-flip, but he is equally keen to sort his tables out by having his family test him.
The stories just kept coming.
Is 'every kid' getting it 'right' yet?
Short answer: No.
BUT there was enough positive vibe and discussion about strategies that WORK this morning to convert several skeptics in the room. Tomorrow, I'll see if that vibe has taken wings or if it was a false start. In the meantime, I'll take this morning as a victory in my fight to make Home Learning something that these kids CAN take ownership of and responsibility for.
That's just part one of today's story.
Part two will need to wait until tomorrow.