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???