One of the things that we discovered that really is giving us great success is the use of learning goals. So when the student sees the learning goal on a daily basis, they really grow to understand what they’re learning for that day. The challenge comes when they need to demonstrate back to us that they actually achieved that goal. And what happens is we try to teach them about the idea of success criteria. And one way we do that is by using the anchors from the EQAO Web site.
So in a specific lesson, what we would do is we get students to answer a question, and once we take up the question we use students’ sample work that we get from the EQAO Web site, and this really provides an opportunity for peer- and self- assessment. Here students are able to really take ownership of their learning, as they’re really able to articulate what they are doing in their answer, really emphasizing the justification in their solutions.
And so as a result, once they are able to demonstrate that they’ve achieved that learning goal, their confidence grows, as Jill said, and then the love of learning, the love of math in particular, starts to grow, and then we can then build on their success from there.
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