May Mentor Theme: Reflecting and Planning Ahead
As the school year comes to a close, one of the most important life skills to teach our students is how to reflect, plan ahead, and set goals to improve!
Of course, throughout the school year in our lessons, we are constantly reminding our students of goal setting and time management. At the end of the school year, it is then important to take some extra time to think about our successes, struggles, and how to improve. Over the month of May, we have given our mentor students the opportunity to practice this important skill by providing them with strategies and tools for preparing themselves for the next step in their academics.
An example of this is ensuring that we update our students' academic calendars in the classroom so that they can use this to reference their responsibilities and plan their work for the week. This is a strategy that is now enforced across year groups, helping our students to improve with planning and time management of their tasks. Keeping track of assignments, homeworks and assessments is an important skill to develop. Our goal is to prepare our students for working life, where meeting deadlines and responsibilites contributes to our quality of work ethic.
Another example of how we enforce this in the classroom is with goal setting. For example, in this week's (V22) year 4 technology lessons, students were given a sheet with five questions. Their task was to reflect on the year by answering questons like "What went well for you?", "What could you have improved on?", "Based on your progress this year, what should you focus on next year?". Students were required to think about their successes, struggles and determine an appropriate goal for year 5. These goals with then be returned to our students at the beginning of year 5, reminding them of their previous progress and their current goals. Goal setting is an important part of academic progress, as it can motivate our students to achieve their best work, and ultimately generate a sense of accomplishment and academic achievement.
Some other strategies for keeping our students engaged and planning for their academics are to encourage them to incorporate their academic subjects into their free time over the sommarlov/holiday. For example, Ms Giordano (year 6 science) is creating a task for the year 6 students, who will be transitioning into year 7 with a new curriculum, to incorporate science subjects into their sommarlov in order to maintain their level going into year 7.
We as teachers have a responsibility to ensure our students have the skills they need to succeed in life independently. These skills are essential to the stability and structure of ones working life. We feel that our students are equipped to handle the next steps in their education, and we cannot wait to see what they accomplish next year!