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Reflection & Goal Setting in the PYP Classroom
Its that time of year again……
Just last week my daughter asked me what my New Year’s resolution would be. Before answering, I cynically thought about how I’ll swear to exercise more, eat less and lose the same 10 lbs I’ve been losing and gaining for the past ten years. I chickened out in my response, ” I haven’t really thought about it yet.” But really, isn’t it good to reflect upon where we are and set goals for where we would like to be? I mean we do it in the classroom very frequently.
|Awards certificates for the PYP found here.|
Reflecting within the PYP.
Every six weeks we reflect upon our learning within the IB Primary Years Programme. We focus on the Learner Profile trait of being reflective and look back at the central idea and how our understanding has change. We think upon the key concepts covered and contemplate our learning through those concepts. And, of course, the transdisciplinary skills are contemplated and we consider which skills we have improved with and those which still require work. That’s a lot of reflection for our kiddos and the danger I have found is that it can become monotonous, routine and therefore not really meaningful for the kids. Just the same old, same old on the same old piece of paper stuffed into our portfolios until the following six weeks.
Making Reflection Meaningful and Differentiated
My fifth graders and I spent some time prior to the end of unit, thinking about what it really means to reflect.
- We studied our inquiry bank and wrote down questions that arose from our original questions.
- We flipped through our working binders and notebooks and highlighted the learning that showed we had used certain transdisciplinary skills and Learner Profile traits, making notes by those highlighted pages.
- We then went back to the central idea and, in our small groups, we broke it down to fit in with the concepts we had studied and wrote a group statement as to what it NOW meant to us and our knowledge now.
different formats and then allowed the students to pick their
own sheet for reflecting
You can find a free copy of my Learner Profile refection sheet here in my TpT store. If you wish, you can also look at the simple Print and Go packet I created for my class here. There is an editable version too.( This editable option was created with Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 and may need simple re-formatted if you have other versions.)
Finishing, Finalising and Fractions
- Writing: nature walk, compare and contrast, descriptive writing,
- Writing: Looking after the community walk: focus on vandalism, trash etc and using it as a prompt for an opinion/persuasion paragraph
- Math: geometry walk: identifying angles and shapes within our environment
- Math: measuring area, perimeter and distance in the playground
- Art: “gathering” ideas of pattern in our environment and using it to create our own pictures.
Our Final Rainforest Presentations: Promoting Independence
|A Poison Dart Frog|
Like a proud mama, I am posting clips from the children’s presentations which we used as their summative assessment of our theme Sharing the Planet:Focusing on Interdependence within the rain forests.
|Matching Fractions Game found on TpT|