Every Sunday night, I participate in the the #CaEdChat on Twitter. Last week, I was challenged to blog more and tonight, I was reminded of that challenge. So, here I go =)
After a relaxing week off, I have been reflecting on what I need to improve on in the next couple weeks before our next break. Every year, I want to get better at talking to my students about the content and assessing their knowledge on a day to day basis. I do this periodically and I love the conversations I have, but I don't think I try hard enough to have these conversations daily. So, my goal is to talk to every student every day for the next three weeks.
In my last blog, I explained my unit sheet. I'm still using those and will be starting a new one tomorrow for our DNA Unit. So, the students will have the list of assignments and the order in which they need to complete those assignments. I will now carry a roster sheet w/ every assignment that should be completed in the next three weeks. Every day I will talk to the students and mark off the assignments they have completed.
In addition to talking to my science students, I want to make sure that I talk to my mentor group everyday. My mentor group is my zero period class and I generally talk to them quickly once a week, but at this point of the school year, I think I need to expand and increase those conversations.
So here's my plan:
Talk to my science students about:
1. Their progress through the unit.
2. Their understanding of the main concepts in the unit.
3. How the concepts are connected
Mentor Group conversations:
1. Grade point averages and increasing grades
2. Task completion (vouchers received from classes)