Learning Goals are posted outside of the classroom door. This is a constant reminder for the students, and helps the community (peers, parents, other staff) have an inside look at what is happening in the class at any given time.
"What A Good Reader Looks Like" Students refer back to this anchor chart to understand how they they can model the characteristics of a "good reader". (This chart has really helped focus independent reading periods in my class.
Square Problem Students are asked to create a perfect square in the exact centre of an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. This geometric/measurement inquiry encourages students to explore geometer's tools and the strategies needed to be successful when working with shapes (This is more difficult than it sounds for grade 6 students.)
Stamina This is a buzz-word in my class right now. I am trying to teach my students how to sustain their focus and energy over a period of time. Our first three target areas are: Reading, Writing and Healthy Living.
This is a step by step chart to help my grade infer. Through diagnostic assessment I noticed they struggled disseminating between the obvious info. and the unstated. This is by no means comprehensive, but it is a start!
"Tweet" Out the Door Students compose a tweet that highlights one thing from the day. They date and @sign their tweet and post it on the wall on the way out. I select one tweet as the "Tweet of the Day", and showcase it on a separate board. The following day this tweet is discussed ("What made it so successful?) the following day the students take down their tweets and file them, so we can watch their responses grow throughout the year.
More Than Numbers - Rearrange the Alphabet * Students were asked to reorder the alphabet based on their phonetic properties. (i.e. "M" might be spelled "em") * the goal is to help them work in steps, and develop a better understanding of recording their thinking/processes.
The grade six students are examining risk taking. The "Big Question" is, "What is an appropriate risk?" They are weighing the benefits that could come from the risks, who would be affected, and whether the goal is personal or not.