Your best friends over the next two weeks (well, the whole year) are your bubble catcher and X-book. I really hope that you continue using a bubble catcher beyond year 5!
In your bubble cather you will:
- Write your to do list so you know what you need to do and will do it;
- Record any websites or notes that may help you;
- Record new ideas or connection you make;
- Write anything to remind yourself to be more organized and preapred.
In your X-book you will:
- Record any information that helps you better understand your inquiry;
- Glue in photos or pictures that connect to your inquiry;
- Add thinking, make plans or sketches to show the way you have been thinking;
- Summarise, paraphrase and write any information down that is important to know and will guide your learning.
Both of these friends will make sure you are giving your best and following a specific process. If you do these things well, I will know that you will be giving yourself the best possible chance to take your learning further.
Something you are going to do is make a TO DO list every day at school. The you are going to make sure you follow that to do list when you get home. The next day (first thing in the morning) you are going to have to prove that you did the things you say you would do. Three other people in the room will check your work by writing: “This work has been checked and I can see the evidence of learning.” And then sign their name to it. This will make you all accountable for your learning.
Watch the below video and see how students from my last school did this. They are not talking. They are writing. They took things seriously and this is why they all become indpendent learners. Watch and learn from the best. They were once like you. Now, they are flying!
These students were in the Exhibition when we were doing this. This is what I wrote on the class blog last year. We will also be doing this when you are in the Exhibition, consider this your early training! Students have been working on making choices and plans of what they need to do in their exhibition. Before they go home students write a “to do” list of the things they are going to work on that night. The next morning they have to prove that they did the things they wrote by showing evidence of their learning. They need to share and show their evidence with 3 other students. Their work is checked and then “signed off” as been completed. A great conversation for students to have to hold them accountable for their learning!
How will doing something like this help you do the things you say you will do?