Student autonomy is a philosophical pillar of learner-centered proficiency based learning. Transparency of expectations is another. Learning communities that believe in learner-centered proficiency based learning create tools that are intended to support this transparency and autonomy. Pacing charts, learning maps, capacity matrices and the like are standard in these communities. The intention is to lay out the learning path for students, so that they can progress “at their own pace.”
Unfortunately, many times this intention results in the “checklist mindset.” Students race through activities and targets. The goal is completion, a check in the box to show they have finished that target and can move on to the next.
Modeling, or making thinking around behavior, concepts, and skills explicit, is one of the most powerful instructional strategies an educator can use. It is also one of the hardest, especially when it comes to those skills and processes we, as adults, have internalized. These three tips are great way to grow your modeling skills:
I used to cringe inside whenever I heard the phrase "goal setting" in relation to my students. Images of ladder and step graphic organizers with goals like "get good grades" or "play professional basketball" with half-hearted steps like "work hard" or "make the team" made me want to give up before I even started.
Welcome back! Here are some upcoming professional learning opportunities right here in RSU 2:
Elementary Exchange Days!
- Thursday 2/11
- Thursday 2/25
- Thursday 3/3
- Thursday 3/10
6-12 Exchange Days!
- Hall-Dale Middle and High Tuesday 2/9 still open for visitors
Drive Book Club
Middle Level Writing Workshop Observations
Also.... have you visited Bill Zima's blog? A great way to hear from our very own Superintendent about learning and growing here in RSU 2.
Don't forget about the District Parking Lot too! Have a question, celebration, or thought to share? Post it here. Bill answers the questions on a regular basis. Speaking of Parking Lots, visit Competency Works to read a post I wrote about using them in the classroom. Several other RSU2ers write there as well!
Tips of The Week will start back up this week as well.
Courtney is the Instructional Coach for KIDS RSU #2 in Maine. She also hosts a podcast about personalized learning, and is available for independent consulting work.
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