Our first blog post of the year was inspired by my recent visit to the wonderful Maddy Brown’s Spanish 1 classroom in Greenwood. What follows is a set of directly usable resources and a series of videos from her classroom. It’s all directly aligned to Priority 3 of our Humanities Vision this year:
Generating a shared vision with students and measuring progress towards that vision.
What was remarkable about Maddy’s lesson on Goals was that it took the time, over the course of a full lesson, for students to:
- Identify what strong Goals and Action Plans look like.
- Create personal Goals and Action Plans for this year in Spanish.
- Understand and feel invested in the Class Goals.
At the same time, Maddy made sure that she was being responsive to students, listening to their concerns about Goals (and even fielding the tough question “Why are we spending so much time on Goals? Why aren’t we learning Spanish?”). You can also see how Maddy seamlessly integrates Spanish cognates and love for the content as they set and learn about goals. Amazing!
Check out the resources and video links below to start implementing this in your own classrooms!
- Big Goals Document
- Goal Setting Handout
- Video 1 (8 min. – introducing strong personal goals)
- Video 2 (10 min. – making reading fun, creating an action plan)
- Video 3 (8 min. – responding to the tough “why do we need goals?” question, and investing in class-wide goals)
- Check out some of the student work that came out of this!
Way to go Maddy! Thank you for showing us all an awesome example of setting goals in the classroom!
This week, my time for writing an extended blog post has been limited, so I thought I would actually connect you with a resource that could be really helpful for your classroom, but that someone else on the TFA Mississippi Team created… Shout out to Sarah Blackburn for putting an awesome Independent Study for Sharing Data with students together!
Plus, some of you DID say you wished the Culture Specialist and the Humanities Specialist would collaborate some more… Well, here is the start of it!
NOTE: You will need to ask your TLD Coach if it aligns with your development priorities first, but once you do, you can complete this independent study on your own (obviously), and then use it to share data authentically with your students. You will get a tailored credit as a result! Let me know if you are interested!
To help you with this, this blog post contains:
- How this aligns to our Humanities Priorities
- The Link to the Independent Study
- More Resources for Sharing Data in the Humanities
How this aligns to our Humanities Priorities
This Independent Study is perfectly aligned with our 3rd Priority for this Quarter:
Students are invested in their Humanities-content goals because they see their success as critical to their future leadership, and because they are aware of their progress. This is because teachers are invested in their end-of-year goals and what they represent for students, and thus measuring and sharing progress towards goals with students and stakeholders.
At the end of the day, I simply believe that it is our students’ right to know – with subtlety and beyond the simple “you got a B+” – where they stand in relation to their goals. It’s a question of equity and leveling out the power differential in the classroom. Students should know where they stand and what they can do to change it!
The good news? As a Humanities team, we are in a really strong position to share data with our students. According to the latest information I collected from the Program Tracker, the Humanities Team is actually the strongest content team for data! And this is a first! Historically, we have been one of the furthest behind.
Check out some of the data break-down below, which also indicates that our students are well on their way to reaching their academic goals! There is always room to grow, and for that reason, we should be sharing the data so our students can use it to focus their learning, grown in confidence, and feel celebrated!
Has the teacher submitted valid and accurate data? Do we know where students are in terms of their progress towards goals?
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Given our data, what percentage of progress towards goals do we see? (Note: we were not measuring this last semester)
The link to the Independent Study
Okay, here it is! The moment you have all been waiting for. The link to the Independent Study is here. Remember to ask your TLD Coach if this is the right development for you before you start!
More Resources for Sharing Data in the Humanities
- Check out our blog post on “Collecting, Analyzing, and Sharing Student Data“
- Check out our blog post on “Conferencing with Students“