Self Motivated Learners

Students decide what to do and when to do it to accomplish their goals.

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Students started with basic "check off sheets" to hold themselves accountable.  It then moved to "To Do lists" that were written on the board based on groups of students' needs. This was still not involving choice but it allowed students to go at their own pace. The next step was for me to involve students in their learning path and I started learner profiles. The learner profiles have student goals (Academic and behavior for some), likes, ways they like to learn, their favorites, pictures, work samples etc... They add to their profiles every few days with me. I have pushed a few out onto their google drives and they can now add to their profiles on their own. When they pass reading levels, math goals or anything they find exciting they can add it to their profile.  I am in the process of creating weekly work goals.  It has the work that I need them to independently do for the week to reach their goals. The students are very involved in creating their weekly work.  They choose the materials for sight word practice, they choose read books or e-books, they choose as much as possible. They choose what to do each day and when (They still meet with me for guided learning). They also choose where to sit. I have embraced flexible seating in my classroom and the students make good choices about where/how to sit.  All of these things have increased motivation in the room as well as created a culture of trying, and helping one another.  Everyone if working on different things at different times. It is working well. 

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Hi Emily,
A middle school teacher at a ReNew school used google sheets for progress monitoring. Here is the link to the school's strategies: https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/see/renew

I might recommend starting with the "Student Self-Reporting Progress" Strategy, and be sure to check out the learning agenda she used: https://practices.learningaccelerator.org/artifacts/renew-juans-learning-agenda

let me know if you have any questions or want to discuss.

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Thank Daniel! This definitely helps get the wheels turning. I am thinking about using google drive as a "home base" for students. I am planning to start that with two students next week to see how it goes and work out kinks. I am also thinking some students might not be ready for online tracking yet...(They still are having trouble logging into the computer on their own) so, I was thinking paper trackers for them, for now.

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Hi Emily

This sounds interesting - how long have you been doing this in your classroom? Have you had to make any changes to it? Have you had other teachers in your school try it in their classrooms?

Looking forward to hearing.

Gaynor

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Hello Gaynor,
I created the check off sheet about 3 months into school after noticing that my kiddos were not completing all their work. I used it for a few weeks and worked out the kinks and then shared it with my 1st grade team. We used it for the rest of the year. The problem we are facing this year is that we are trying to go more paperless and deciding on a way to push it out like on google classroom or some other venue is not as easy as I thought.
Thoughts?

Emily

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Hi Emily
I thought I saw someone who had been using google classroom for 7th and 8th grade math - but I can't find it now. It might be worth contacting Daniel Owens to see if he has any ideas ...
Good luck.
Gaynor

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Great! Thanks!