The problem for parents and teachers alike is that we are taking responsibility for the child’s learning. If we are going to help our kids become independent learners, we need to find ways to get them to hold themselves accountable as early as possible. We need to connect the work with the learning. If they don’t see the connection, perhaps what we are asking them to do is not so important after all. As we limp, limp across the finish line of the school year, let’s reflect on what was asked of students this year. Did all of the assigned tasks truly move students toward learning goals? Did our rituals and routines promote independent learning? Were we holding kids accountable with carrots and sticks - or did we encourage them to hold themselves accountable?
After you cross the end-of-the-year finish line, take some time to breathe and enjoy the lazier days of summer. Then think about what we can do differently next year so we won’t be limping across the finish line again.
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