At the Open House, I asked parents to share their thoughts on these three questions:
1. School is important because... 2. A successful 5th grader looks like... 3. What will you do to support your child in becoming an independent learner?
This was important to me because I wanted to see and understand what my parents valued in their child's education. I also did this because I asked my students two of the same questions and wanted to compare their answers and see if there were any similarities. I hope to return to these anchor charts during intake conferences in September and really hone in on the third anchor chart with a follow-up question. :)
Here are the questions I asked students to answer in their first week of school:
1. School is important because... 2. A successful 5th grader looks like...
And it seemed like both sets of writers were very thoughtful in what they wrote. I was especially impressed by the reflection my students provided with the last anchor chart. They were able to communicate with me that they needed a teacher who was kind and had their best interest at heart, listening to their perspective. We also had to define what "kind" meant, because I wanted to make sure they knew that sometimes there are times when I am serious and then there are times when I am silly. All in all, it was great to read their thoughts on these phrases/questions.
Up next...our Marshmallow Challenge and other meaningful thinking that was done by our wonderful fifth graders!