Reflection: S.M.A.R.T. goals for Physics - Section 3: Student profiles and classroom expectations


Within this lesson, students are encouraged to create a graphical model of the shared fears and hopes of the class (SP4).  As a matter of practice, I typically scale the copies down so that they can fit neatly in a composition notebook so that students can have the results in their notebooks. However, I have included the full sized versions of my handouts for your convenience. I created this lesson, because I want to create a community of learners where students feel safe and actively participate in a variety of discussions throughout the school year.  

One of the major focusses of this lesson was to identify and communicate shared expectations for everyone in the classroom(SP8). I want my students to take ownership over their learning outcomes and to share the authority within our classroom. With this in mind, the syllabus asks students to be patient with each other, their teacher and themselves as the material is complex at first, but typically improves with practice and time. One of my primary goals involves students learning strong habits of work and mind, as well as mastering content so that they will acquire the required skills to enable an easier transitioning to the next level of their lives. I would like students to identify areas of strength and areas where they need support to become proficient because this knowledge helps me to create more balanced heterogenous student groups. 

I created this lesson because I believe that students preconceptions about themselves can sometime hinder their ability to effectively learn physics. I often find that students are surprised by the results of their self assessment because their perceived strengths and deficiencies do not line up with the results of their assessments. I think that one of the best parts of this lesson is the discussions that students have in both their small groups and as a class about the similarities and differences in habits of mind and work of our classroom community. 

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S.M.A.R.T. goals for Physics

Unit 1: Building Your Base
Lesson 1 of 12

Objective: Students will be able to use the results of their study skills baseline to create S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) goals.

Big Idea: Patience, time management and teamwork are essential skills for studying physics.

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Science, Physical Science, physics, distance, displacement, Archimedes' Principle
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