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Weekly Check In Questions

Ariel Margolis

I have always believed in doing regular check-ins (I learned it first from being a Middle School Principal when the admin team would "check-in" with one another and then I would do it with my staff). It's a natural part of working with fellow human beings. With students, however, the check-ins need to be both structured and give them an opportunity to express their voice. With the help of Dr. Gerald Ardito, I designed a weekly check-in that my students complete each Thursday night. This week I added a question from Tristan de Frondeville's 2009 article. Here are the 5 questions (in order that the students answer them):

1. What did I accomplish this week?

2. What did I learn this week?

3. What was the muddiest and clearest point of my work this week?

4. What will I work on next week? Will I be working with anyone? Do I want to work with anyone?

5. What help will I need from my teacher?

The responses I received from the students have been highly insightful and also demonstrate their keen ability to reflect on their learning - a sign that they are taking ownership, which is fantastic! The feedback I received is that kids felt they had another opportunity to find their voices and share any concerns as well as establishing a sense of clarity as to what they are going to accomplish and how much they have achieved.

The result? Even more engagement! Who can ask for anything more???

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Community Manager at Edutopia

Hi Ariel, welcome to the

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Hi Ariel, welcome to the Edutopia community and thank you for sharing these. They are great questions.

Also, for anyone curious about Tristan's article, it can be found here:
http://www.edutopia.org/project-learning-teaching-strategies

I have just decided that I

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I have just decided that I want to conduct mini conferences with my students every few weeks (as often as I can make it happen....). I have been trying to decide how I could help focus these conferences. The students already fill out a daily self assessment which is a small rubric, but I wanted to work on focusing their attention on their learning a bit more. These questions are a great place for me to start. Since I teach elementary school I will modify for my students, of course, but now have some great ideas. Thank you for sharing!

Community Manager at Edutopia

Tricia, that's fantastic.

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Tricia, that's fantastic. Please let us know how the mini-conferences go. I think people reading this discussion would be interested.

Superintendent at Larkspur-Corte Madera School District

What are the best ways to

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What are the best ways to move students in a bell-free school?

Community Manager at Edutopia

Hi Valerie, welcome. That's

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Hi Valerie, welcome.

That's an interesting question but a bit off-topic for this thread. I've taken the liberty of starting a new discussion based on your comment, which you can find here:

http://www.edutopia.org/groups/education-leadership/705651

It would help if you could head over there and provide some context. That way any responses will be more relevant to the situation at hand.

Superintendent at Larkspur-Corte Madera School District

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