Once we get into the groove of content and targets it can be a challenge to find the time for culture sustaining work. It is easy to fall into the pattern of valuing content completion over the nurturing of a learner-centered culture. Now is a great time to revive attention to the culture in our classes and buildings, and it does not have to be overwhelming or complicated at all. Here are some ideas to get you and the learners you work with reflecting on how the year has gone so far, and how to move even closer to their vision of the learning environment they want.
- Vision Reflection Survey
a. Copy and paste the vision the learners created at the start of the year into a survey
b. Include several questions that require learners to rate their perception of how things are as compared to the vision
c. Include open ended responses for learners to include ideas about changes that could, or need, to be made
d. Review the data in small groups, advisor groups would work well, and support learners to set group and individual goals and action plans based on the ideas in the data
e. Make your own goals and action plans to sustain and revisit culture work throughout the rest of the school year
- Learner Leadership Teams
a. Invite a small group of learners to represent the team, or class, and hold regular meetings with them to discuss the team culture
b. Set goals and action plans related to sustaining the vision and code of conduct; make sure the learner leaders have meaningful roles. Some possible areas of responsibility could include: Parking Lots, team meetings, recognition and celebratio
- Focus Periods
a. Boil the vision or code of conduct down to smaller statements, or parts
b. Ask learners to rate themselves, and the team as a whole, on the different parts
c. Select pieces to make the team focus for a period of time, a week or a month, and make plans to discuss and reflect on those parts in small groups and individually.
d. Decide on a way to measure growth in those focus areas, and celebrate the data in larger team activities or meetings
- What do you need from your teachers in order to be a successful learner?
- What do you need from your peers in order to be a successful learner?
- What do you need from your school community in order to be a successful learner?
- What do you need from yourself in order to be a successful learner?