New!  “I Can” Poster

This poster is a redraft of an earlier version created by myself and Lisa Peterson-Skene. The revisions reflect input from teachers. The “I Can” poster takes an appreciative, growth-based view of learning. We use the “I Can” poster everyday, across all learning, and it is integral to the reflection forms.  Available in French and English.

BC Competencies and Successful Learner Traits

Letter to Parents

This letter to parents describes the philosophical changes in the Communication of Student Learning. It is generic in the sense that it can be used by any teacher and is not dated. The letter helps parents understand new language connected to the I Can Poster as well as the Successful Learner Traits. Teachers often include this letter as one of their first portfolio posts.

Starting Reflection 

This is a simpler reflection form that offers a good starting place for students. We demonstrate and encourage our students to give specific examples from their work/experience. For example: I was industrious because I found it difficult to come up with interesting ways to describe my character, but I didn’t give up. This is much better reflection than just ‘I was industrious because I worked hard’.

Reflection 

A longer version of  the “Starting Reflection” above, this form offers a place for student reflection and teacher  feedback. The teachers comments are placed after the students’ so that we can be responsive to the students reflection.

Reflection for Stickers

A longer version of the “Starting Reftection” above, this form offers a place for student reflection and teacher feedback. The teachers comments are placed after the students’ so that we can be responsive to the students reflection. Designed for the placement of Successful Learner stickers.

Deeper Reflection

More substantive than the “Reflection” above, this form encourages students to think about their ‘next steps’ for progress. The arrow at the bottom, with the target, allows the teacher to indicate the level of progress in terms of meeting the learning target. We use this reflection at the end of a significant project or series of lessons.

Reflection with Criteria

Acknowledgement to a teacher-colleague who requested the adaptations to this form! This reflection was designed to include specific class-generated criteria.

 

Term End Reflection

Students are engaged in the process of looking back over an entire term in order to see patterns in how they apply themselves. The goal is  for our students to claim their strengths and specifically work to these strengths! Additionally, we encourage students to identify one Successful Learner Trait as a goal to work on.

Successful Learner Trait Planning Template

Competency based learning

Targets (Red and Blue )

We use Assessment for Learning strategies with our students to set clear learning targets for both curriculum outcomes and Successful Learner Traits. Red targets are for curriculum and the blue targets for SLT’s. For both types of targets we ‘unpack’, detail, or elaborate upon them with our students. You will notice that the targets are included on the student self-reflections to correspond with them.

Assessment Cards

The Assessment Cards are sized to fit into the library pockets. 

We provide students with specific feedback according to the traits we see evidence of. Feedback is always and only positive. Assessment cards are filed by students in a place that is accessible to both them and the teacher. At any point in a term, it is very useful for each students to review their assessment cards and identify their learning strengths. Assessment cards are a powerful learning tool within a learning community when shared openly with students.

French Assessment Cards

The Assessment Cards are sized to fit into the library pockets. 

We provide students with specific feedback according to the traits we see evidence of. Feedback is always and only positive. Assessment cards are filed by students in a place that is accessible to both them and the teacher. At any point in a term, it is very useful for each students to review their assessment cards and identify their learning strengths. Assessment cards are a powerful learning tool within a learning community when shared openly with students.

Compassionate Assessment slips

Confident Assessment slips

Enthusiastic Assessment slips

Risk Taking Assessment slips

Creative Assessment slips

Thoughtful Assessment slips

Strategic Assessment slips

Industrious Assessment slips