I am currently working with a group of learners which are working towards the Year Two or Year Three writing standards. The standards for each are as follows:
With these in mind, I am exploring the links between students' non-cognitive skills and both engagement and achievement with their writing. Each week learners will be reflecting on the following:
- Which of our seven learner qualities did they use in their writing this week?
- How did they feel about their writing learning this week?
- What help do they require in their writing learning from myself for the following week?
I am using Explain Everything to help learners both articulate and record their thoughts. Learners are able to highlight and record their thoughts on each of the above questions which I am transcribing and using to help to inform the following week's planning for their writing sessions.
Already two weeks in and I can already see how this is impacting my practice as I listen to the reflections - learners are taking the time to really be honest in how they are going with their writing and what parts of their learning that they require further assistance from me. This has helped me already craft some workshops where I can spend time with learners on particular skills that they feel they need a boost in. I will be examining these feedback loops in more detail in Term 3.
I am very lucky to be working with such a great bunch of kids - check out some of their description publishing below and if you can, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog post!