From the compass points, it seems that many of you would like to know more about Home Learning in G6 and 6A, specifically. First, let me share with you snapshots of today’s and last week’s home learning share, which takes place in Period 1, right after our morning meeting.
For these sessions to run smoothly, the children are invited to sign up for three rounds of sharing via a link on our Google Classroom. The home learning share is an opportunity for them to take pride in their work, celebrate their independent thinking, explain their reasoning and be exposed to different perspectives.
The children are asked to complete a minimum of three activities each week from the grid/menu of choices. They are free to do more, if they wish too. However, quality and depth is expected over quantity. The children are also asked to complete a self reflection for each completed task. Eventually, all the activities on the grid will be completed.
The home learning grid and tasks are designed to:
- promote student choice
- positively reinforce and consolidate skills and concepts explored in the classroom across the curriculum
- promote problem-solving and self-management skills
- provoke and deepen thinking and perspective
- foster individual needs
In his book ‘The Highly Engaged Classroom’, Dr. Robert Marzano explains why student choice is essential in the classroom setting and the importance to “…create choices that are robust enough for students to feel that their decision has an impact on their learning.” Marzano found that students perceive classroom activities as more important when they are given choices. It increases intrinsic motivation, increasing effort and task performance, which are essential for their transitioning to upper schools.
On Monday, I will introduce the class to a new home learning grid or menu of choices. It will reflect our inquiry into how matter is manipulated, how it impacts us and how scientific inquiry works. It will also tap into our new ‘whole number’ unit in Maths and our reading language focus: synthesising.