Thanks, first of all, to the #RPPLN for seeing me through this process of reflecting both on my class and on myself as a reflective teacher. Without your questions, comments, further questions, responses, honesty and support, I would not have gotten nearly so much out of this challenge.
My work schedule has changed rather dramatically and so I don’t see much time for blogging with all the planning and organizing I need to do, but I will not leave this task unfinished.
As John Pfordresher reminded me, it is time to think SMART (and maybe also help myself with my tightly-scheduled future).
SMART plans are a critical component to the ELC. It is with our actions plans that we take what we have learned through our reflective process and attempt to apply lessons learned in our next experience. And then the ELC process starts anew!
So, let’s talk SMART. This is an acronym for
Time frame (also could be time bound)
I also want to say that this takes a lot longer to think about than it looks like just reading it written out in a (very short!) blog post. The following action plan is formed from things I have already tried and new ideas that have since come to me.
The next time I see Josh (or any student) reluctant to participate, I will check to make sure they understand the aims of the task by asking the whole class directly, so that I can get feedback without singling someone out. If something else is at issue, that is beyond my control, then I can sort out other strategies through further reflective cycles and add them to the repertoire.
Since I have been teaching this class continuously throughout the challenge, I would like to end by reporting that Josh is doing much better these days. One of the things that “worked” was giving him a way to shine in class – through an English-only policy (in reality, English-mostly) which benefits everyone but really challenges students like Josh to show their talents. I actually caught him helping his less-productive classmates today.