We had a class meeting today. I know, it’s not Friday, but this was when we had time for it. (If you’re new here or need a reminder of how we do class meetings, see this link.)
So we sat down, like normally, in a circle on our carpet. I put up the class meetings flipchart and Archie got ready with the pen to mark our thoughts. Today, instead of having the red dot count for things we thought we could do better on, though, I rephrased it to just be “things we want to talk about.” I thought this might help some kiddos who might look at the list and not see an “issue.” Here’s what our dots looked like before we started our main conversation:
See all those red dots on Super SS on Monday? Well that was related to the post about Monday’s Social Studies time and how well it went. And unlike our usual class meeting conversations, they wanted to talk about it because it went so well! YAY! As they went back and forth and shared, I kept hearing kiddos share how they thought it was a great day and why they thought so. I heard them saying that they liked how they could work on the reading part in reading and then the SS part in Social Studies, how I had picked their groups for them (they admitted that often they don’t choose wisely and end up wasting their learning time), how they could work with me to make sure they knew what to do and then focus in to go and do it. They knew that it was a good day and they wanted today’s SS time to be the same. But then my friend Abigail asked a very important question: We know that we want it to be great again today, but it’s not as easy as just saying we’re going to do it. How will we make it happen? I love it when a kid reads my mind and says exactly what I’m thinking! So many times they just say that their solution is that they’re not going to do whatever we were discussing that the problem was. And usually that doesn’t work. Abigail knew that and was brave enough to call us on it.
They then took a little bit of time to discuss this, and made a plan for how they would go and get their work done in a focused manor again today. And they did. 🙂