- 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!
Sharing the Data with the students:
This is my first step. This is an example of how students have annotated their own data using Google Draw and a screen shot of their e-asTTle learning pathway:
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:
Hopefully you will be able to recognise more depth in the way students think about their learning.
Putting Goals into Action
As the classroom teacher, I record all goals on our class site as 'group goals.' Each writing session, I focus my feedback specific to that student's goal and sometimes, students might reflect on their progress by updating their Learning Log.
It focuses my teaching because I can see what the students need/would find helpful. It saves me time from coming up with numerous WALTs as each child knows their own 'WALT.'
How do you encourage self directed learning in your class and achieve student lead learning? I'd love to hear back about the strategies and pedagogies that you use!