It’s not unusual to begin the year talking about class expectations and plans for the year ahead. But getting my students to decide on their own class expectations was a new experience – and such a rewarding one!
My Year 9 Girls elective PASS (physical activity and sport studies) class did a fantastic job in:
– choosing activities they would like to do in practical lessons, and
– nominating their expectations for the class.
Each student some post-its to record their suggestions before placing them on the whiteboard. They then had the opportunity to read everyone’s ideas.
Just to clarify, I teach at a normal comprehensive 7-12 high school. We are boy heavy, around 3:2 and this class is a regular elective class and not streamed.
Without explicit guidance or suggestion, my girls have chosen a great range of expectations which encompass our school core values but also their own personal goals. They were also given free choice on practical activities and have picked a great variety of actual sports and modified activities which I will incorporate into our program. I am just so impressed and excited that they are exhibiting this kind of ownership from the outset.
This is the first time I’ve had a PASS class in three years and their enthusiasm in this task was amazing. All I had to do was pretty them up using Tagxedo – word cloud creator and laminate them for our room!
Students never cease to amaze me and I’m sure this will be the first of many awesome experiences with this class!