Here’s a way for young students to end 2014 with a positive feeling. Students recall things that they struggled with and have since made progress or achieved. They prepare for facing challenges in 2015.
Have children write what THEY feel they've made progress with or have achieved, and are "PROUD OF". If a student writes that they earned a good grade on a three digit subtraction test, ask if they are proud of their achievement, and why.
Address the Core Curriculum Standards for Writing:
ELA-Literacy -.Writing: (1-5th grade):
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- Have students write (or tell) an opinion piece, their story of how they achieved - what obstacles did they overcome!
Some children may find it difficult to recall achievements. Remind them of some things they said or did that were significant to their learning and development, and ask them what they feel best about.
Use this activity to tune in to how capable, confident and ready a student feels for undertaking new challenges. Their "PROUD OF" Scorecards may provide information for motivating them when they struggle. (Differentiated instruction!) When they work at challenges in 2015 have them read their PROUD OF Scorecard. Prompt them to think, “If I did that, then I can handle this!"
The PROUD OF Scorecard can be included in personal journals or used by students to create their own achievement portfolio.
I am looking forward to offering materials in the upcoming year that teach students what to think,say or do when faced with challenging work, and to understand how they CAN succeed!
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