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Weekly Check In Questions

Weekly Check In Questions

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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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Tricia's picture

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!

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Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

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

Valerie Pitts's picture
Valerie Pitts
Superintendent at Larkspur-Corte Madera School District

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

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Samer Rabadi
Online Community Engagement Manager

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:

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.

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