Reflection: Student Feedback Literature Circle Culminating Project Assignment Day - Section 1: Anticipatory Set


I cannot say enough just how much I love this portion of the unit and most specifically this brief discussion about the value of education in the perspective of the students. This discussion allows them to safely and unconsciously provide me with feedback, suggestions, and ideas. I then reflect on their comments in order to make improvements to my own practices, policies, procedures, and efforts. I want to be better at what I do each and every single day. This particular discussion is integral to that growth for me. 

The kids don't always talk specifically about me or my class, lessons, and units. They talk about many of their experiences; what they like, dislike, love, and really care(d) about so far in their educational careers. It helps me to learn about them as learners, as people. It helps me see the impact of what I do each day, and what can be better. It also validates things that I feel great about or feel are highly effective. 

Not only are the students able to use this time to think about thinking and learning, but so am I. I also find this to be a perfect opportunity to model flexibility and a growth mindset, supporting these traits in my students through actions rather than just in my words. The old adage is quite accurate, I believe, actions really do speak louder than words. 

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Literature Circle Culminating Project Assignment Day

Unit 3: Literature Circles
Lesson 5 of 6

Objective: Students will be introduced to the culminating project, its components, and the overall expectations.

Big Idea: We're Doing What?!

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English / Language Arts, Literature, annotation, collaboration, literature circles, culminating project, Unit Plan, students as teachers, discussions
  50 minutes
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