FESL in the Fall of 2019
Throughout the fall of 2019, visibly displaying Big Ideas and Core Competency references in classrooms and on bulletin boards becomes increasingly part of everyday practice. In almost every classroom, we see evidence of naming and noticing what is important in children’s learning. Students who are posting on ePortfolios demonstrate their engagement with their learning and are able to reflect on how they are doing. We celebrate at staff meetings, classroom visits and everyday conversations.
In November 2019, we scanned once more, and added an interesting question: “How do you know if you have learned something?” Answers varied from the reflective “I know when I can connect that learning to another area of learning.” to “When it’s time to clean up!” The evidence shows us that by noticing, naming and nurturing references to Big Ideas and Core Competencies we are making a difference in how students engage in and reflect on their learning.