Think about all the ways you communicate with your students everyday…
Since I’m knee-deep in this model teaching portfolio (55 more days!), I thought it was time I started sharing a bit of it on this blog.
I wrote a series of artifacts regarding all the different ways we communicate with key stakeholders.
Who are the stakeholders? Our students, families, and our colleagues.
Today’s post is focused on the most important piece of this puzzle: our students!
WHY do we communicate with our students?
It seems pretty obvious, but my portfolio really pushed me to reframe the conversations I had both with and about my students.
What’s your main message you are communicating with your students on a daily (hourly!) basis? Is it focused on management (“what should you be doing right now?”)? Or about building relationships (“what do you think about…what did you like about…?”), or are you communicating to share information (“this is what we will be learning and this is why it’s important”).
There’s no obvious right or wrong answer, but the “why” really made me stop and think about all the different messages we send to our students every day.
This goes right along with “why,” but writing my artifacts made me narrow my focus a bit. I had to prove by providing evidence of all the ways I communicated student progress with my learners. The communication didn’t just have to be in place, I had to prove it was ongoing.
Think about all the systems you have in place to increase awareness with your students:
You probably have even more methods of ongoing communication in place with your students.
If there’s anything fabulous to add to this list, please leave a comment and share 🙂
Which, of course, leads us to…
I use multiple methods of communication (I speak “portfolio” now!), including:
Agendas – setting our purpose for learning
Visual trackers – individual and group goal setting
Physical environment (displaying messages of Growth Mindset, showing off student “WOW!” work…)
Here’s a few pics of my favorite forms of communication:
I included over 200 pages of student-centered goal setting and data tracking in my GRIT Trackers:
To see more, please click above or here!
I’d love to learn more about all the different ways you communicate with your students!
Thanks for reading!