Learning Skills Strategies: Responsibility

The faculty at our school gathered and responded to the prompt: What effective classroom strategies help develop the learning skill of responsibility? Results from faculty brainstorm session, 9 October 2018

• Give a set time how long homework will take so students can plan accordingly

• Give 5-15 minutes to start homework in class to help; this helps with getting started and allows initial questions to arise

• Ask students to identify why homework was not completed

• Actively show students what you have posted on Edsby and where they can find relevant information

• Build homework into the next lesson

• Record data for learning skills to aid in conversations

• Explore how EdTech tools can help, namely Google Docs and Evernote. Collaboration tools help teachers can see work in progress and assist with feedback and motivation.

• Explore the Comment and ‘Accepted’ feature in Google Classroom: helps keep students accountable

• Set the tone early

• Make frequent homework checks to reinforce the importance

• Have scheduled check-in dates with students

• Start the class by reviewing Edsby on the screen

• Begin the year with a review of Edsby and where to find relevant information

• See if the model of creating ‘handout booklets’ with a month of lessons, à la the math department, would work with your style of teaching

• Put an answer in the Edsby planner for students to find to encourage use

• Read Ditch that Homework by Alice Keeler (book available for borrowing from the Academic Office)

• Ask to see planner and/or check the homework in the planner before the lesson

• In face-to-face meetings, ask students to show where they are at as a starting point for the conversation. This helps to anchor the discussion and show caring and support. Help the student articulate why work is not done so strategies can be suggested to assist.

• Ensure all assessment dates are entered into Gradebook when assigned, helping to populate student panoramas with upcoming work (see image)