Friday, 29 January 2016

Debrief Strategy: Finished Product

And here is our end product!!! 

All you need in poster paper/chart paper, post-it notes and markers. Each student got 2-3 post-it notes and wrote down something they thought was surprising/proud of/something to change, as well as what they thought the next steps could be. When they place it on, they can also tick (as in they agree also) or comment.

Really effective! It was great that everyone had a voice. We even passed on our comments for further improvement for the middle school. 


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Debrief Stratergy

This week our school shared our results from our Advisory survey. This was a survey sent out to all middle school students asking a range of questions about how they feel and connect during the school day. This was done in an assembly (using a cool video). 

However, it was really important to discuss this as an advisory. Recently we did a similar debrief activity in a department meeting and used it as a spring board. 

All you need in poster paper/chart paper, post-it notes and markers. Each student got 2-3 post-it notes and wrote down something they thought was surprising/proud of/something to change, as well as what they thought the next steps could be. When they place it on, they can also tick (as in they agree also) or comment.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

CSI: Colour, Image Symbol

One of the Visible Thinking Routines I have read about, but never used. Returning from Winter break, I used Colour Symbol Image (CSI) as a platform for my Grade 8s and their buddies to share out their break. 

I did my best to model a CSI using my break. The example is below: 


It worked well, and needed to plan two sessions to get them done. I found it sucessful as it was a different type if activity and allowed the creative types to shine. It also meant the pressure wasn't on the conversation, but by doing something it relaxed the atmosphere a little.

Resource Pictured: http://www.rcsthinkfromthemiddle.com/uploads/2/3/4/1/23418034/csi.pdf