The past month has been…challenging. With snow days, delays, and MAP testing, I saw the children directly less than 10 times. This meant that they had to be self-directed in their learning for most of the month. So I got to thinking about what a “self-directed learner” is: Rubric for Self Directed Learner
Does that mean that everyone should be a “3” or “4”? No. I respect those that are “2’s” and I accept level 2’s who do just what they need to. My role is to strive to help them be as strong as they can be, but understand “word smart” is not their strength or interest. I will teach to every intelligence strength I can, but I am charged with the task of teaching reading content standards while trying to meet the unique needs of a gifted learner.
With all of this in mind, I have spent this weekend sorting and evaluating all of the work the children have done. I have established “minimum” expectations and factored in those extra opportunities that many students may have taken advantage of. What I discovered is that I have an extreme range of motivation to work with…point totals ranged between 22 and 297. Self-directed point total graph
So to move forward, I plan to have the children “own” what they did, recognize that we cannot change the past and determine independent goals as we continue on. Sure we will have “2’s”, “3’s” and “4’s” in our classroom…that is what makes us unique! (And is what makes my job the rewarding challenge that it is!) Just as long as everyone is continuing to grow and progress in their reading and deeper thinking skills!