This week, the Grade 2 students took some time to look at the learning wall that they have been building up in the EAL classroom.
They had time to notice and wonder about the posts that they had made and were asked the question “what does it show you about your learning?”
One student had the idea to focus on the colours and first made tally marks to calculate how many of each colour he had, before making a graph of the totals.
“I can see quickly how many of each I have. I have so many orange and not many of green. I think I am not so balanced. I could be more balanced and have the same number of each colour.”
Other students started to make graphs too. “I noticed that I have so many orange reflections. That is the Learner Profile skills. I use them everyday, that is why I have so many. But I mostly have Communicator and Thinker. I think I should be more balanced and try to use the ones I don’t have so many of.”
The students looked more closely at their posts and reflected on many elements of their learning, including how their hand writing had changed, how their focus changed with the units of inquiry, how their balance of skills was good or could improve and various other elements.
They were then asked to note some of these and make a goal for their upcoming learning based on what they had noticed.
“I want to be more balanced. I want to do different (reflections) each time so I get better at more things.”
“I still need to understand what some of the words are. I don’t use them because I don’t understand them. Like this one (principled) and this one (open-minded). I might use them more if I know what they are.”
“I want to get better at asking questions. I don’t have green ones (wonders).”
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HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME:
Please talk with your child about how they learn. You can ask:
What skills help you learn? How do they help you learn?
How do you know if you have learned something?
Which of the Learner Profile skills and dispositions helped you today? How?