For this routine, students write either in French or English (there are two separate documents)
- What their fears are (e.g. are they worried they don’t know enough vocab, that they might not remember much after summer, or that they are scared they won’t understand grammar rules, or maybe they don’t want to speak in front of their peers…)
- What they feel they must know or would like to know (e.g. how they will be assessed, what previous knowledge they need)
- What they are excited about
- How they will measure their success for the year
It can be hard for students to admit those fears etc. so I usually ask them to do it individually, and anonymously. I then collect the papers and go over the fears and worries to reassure them and share their ideas for success and excitement. I also answer the questions about what they feel is necessary to know.
This routine is from Visible Thinking Routines and is called Compass Points. I sometimes use it at the end of units as well as a reflection tool.