- Students can see where they are at and can identify where they would like to go next.
- It makes my hours spent planning much easier - because it is the students telling me what they would like to learn.
- It gives the students a sense of purpose for our lessons, as I put the responsibility back on students i.e don't blame me, you chose to learn this!
This helps students to get familiar with reading the pathway and finding what is relevant for them to know and what isn't. We have added other things to our annotations as we have discussed the pathways in our instructional groups.
Writing S-M-A-R-T-E-R Goals:
From annotating this data, we then start crafting our SMARTER goals in our Learning Logs. SMARTER stands for:
S = specific
M = measurable
A = ambitious
R = realistic
T = time frame
E = evaluate
R = reevaluate
This was a framework for writing goals that was introduced to our staff by Kate Birch as part of our Professional Learning Development. It has been a great framework to use with students to get beyond the "I want to get better at maths." "To get better at maths, I need to try harder." sorts of goals.
A Learning Log is simply a Google Presentation that students update by 'adding a new slide' with new goals, or reflections about their current learning. Here is an example below: