It sounds that you have new students throughout the school year. I too have new students throughout the year. I am curious to learn about the welcome wagon.
When you had them grade their behavior, were any of them hesitant to grade themselves or share their reasoning? At times, I find that my students do not know why they gave themselves such grade. It is very hard for some of them to reflect on themselves.
I like how you integrated your teaching team into your plan as well, I think that is very insightful to have a team effort make lasting change in your school.
Also empowering your students to have more responsibility and more conversations with them about their grades and evaluations. I like this idea, it seems to make the student more engaged in what they are doing since they are now a active participant rather than a passive receiver.
I think it is great to have a welcome folder for students! Do you have school or class procedures in it? Do you have another student go over it with the new student? It is wonderful to hear that this has resulted in chances for deeper conversations!
I definitely agree with you about teaching students to self-reflect. It can be a tough skill to learn and practice, but it is so powerful! You also mention putting together a tech plan with “do no harm” in mind. That sounds like a great idea, and one I need to remember for my own site’s tech plan too.
Jessica, I really like the idea of going to students to offer help before they even ask for it. I think presenting ourselves as available and willing to help with encourage students to ask more questions.
You have very creative ideas on how to involve students to welcome others. I am curious, How do you use student worker application?
Students in your classroom are learning how to reflect on their own, that is very powerful. Hopefully they can think before they act, speak and use choice words.
How do you manage 1-1 conversations, how do you select your students?
Great Job Jessica, Thank you for sharing the best school in the universe!
I love the idea of students grading themselves, and a behavior or citizenship grade is a great low stakes opportunity to do this. Thanks for the insight and idea.
I am also curious as to how your technology plan is going to reflect the idea of do no harm? Will this be based around digital citizenship?
Looks like you are doing great things!
Sometimes the 1 on 1 conversations are the ones with the most impact, unfortunately we do not always have the time available to address the needs of all students in that way. But, as you mentioned: students are honest about their behavior and usually overly critical too! Hopefully you can continue building strong connections with students so that they can keep on succeeding with your help!
I have once again enjoyed your professional reflections and look on education through your eyes. What stuck with me most is your commitment to help your students learn how to reflect. This is a skill that they will need throughout their entire life. There is nothing that they will encounter that can not be a reflective moment. In your case, I think it is one of the most important skills you can teach them. Great work and thank you for your commitments to make your school the best school in the universe.
Jessica Billeci is an educator for Juvenile Court and Community Schools, and a student in SDSU's M.A. of Ed Leadership w/ Technology Emphasis. This is a blog for EDL610- Education Leadership in K-12 Organizations.