Ontario Teachers! Does your school board want students to "take ownership for their own learning by documenting, reflecting and assessing their learning skills"?
Then this learning skills tracker booklet is for you!
How It Works:
Each week, students focus and reflect on how well they practised and demonstrated their learning skills in class that week.
I've used this is my own classroom for a number of years and I've found it to be very effective in helping to make students aware of their learning skills habits and to create goals to improve.
I set aside about 5 minutes at the end of each week for some learning skills reflection time. As a class, we go through the learning skills expectations ("look fors") for the week by reading them out loud in the tracker booklets. Students then circle or shade in the happy face that they think reflects how well they demonstrated each learning skill that week.
Then, I ask students to put a star beside the learning skill they'd like to focus on improving for the following week. This helps them set goals and identify specific actions to improve their learning skills!
(See pictures to check out how students use this in my class).
Teachers can choose to either review the tracker booklets and follow up with students as necessary, or to let students just keep the tracker booklets for their own personal reflection and development.
The child-friendly language and "happy faces" in this resource make it ideal for a primary classroom. However, the tracker booklets could also be used in grades 4-6.
Each learning skill has an focused expectation or "look for" for the week (e.g., In the first week, the expectation for Initiative is, "I asked questions and shared ideas in group discussions"). Although there are many different ways to show each learning skill, having one specific expectation per week gives students something to focus on. That specific expectation remains the focus for three weeks, and then it changes (e.g., In week four, the expectation for Initiative changes to, "I looked for and participated in classroom and school-wide activities", and remains the focused expectation for another three weeks).
There are six different expectations ("look fors") for each learning skill, focused on for three weeks each throughout the term. The expectations are written in child-friendly language so that students can easily understand.
The pages are dated for 2018-2019 dates. Term 1 starts on the week of September 10-14, 2018 so that teachers can spend the first week of school reviewing learning skills and introducing the various "look fors" for each one. Term 2 starts on the week of February 4-8, 2019 and ends at the second-last week of school (June 17-21, 2019).
The specific expectations for each learning skill can be used to help you when writing learning skills comments for progress reports and report cards!
The learning skills tracker booklets also can be something for students to share with their families during student-led conferences.
**VALUE ADDED BONUS: Teachers who purchase this resource for the 2018-2019 school year will receive free updates with the new dates each subsequent school year.**
(NOTE: This resource may be useful in other provinces of Canada and in the United States, but it was designed specifically for Ontario classrooms in accordance with the Growing Success document).