Saturday, October 5, 2013

Saturday Sayings: I Can



I'm aware that this topic is not a new one to Saturday Sayings, but I can't get very far from the reality that I'm an essential piece of the puzzle when it comes to the success of my students.  Yes, there are other influential factors involved which means the burden is not totally on my shoulders.  I can't control other factors though.  I can only control the quality of my instruction, which brings me back once again to my role as a learner - the most important one, according to Graves.  

Learning targets and I Can statements are new to my school this year.  In fact, I officially heard about them for the first time a few weeks ago.  Learning how to write learning targets for my kids got me thinking about my own learning targets concerning things I'm trying to improve upon this year. 

  • I can build math tasks around children's literature.
  • I can use and teach the calendar in a more authentic way.
  • I can allow and expect students to lead math discussions.
  • I can position my students to let out their greatness.
  • I can develop better systems for organizing conferring notes, assessments, and goals.
  • I can improve the communication skills between students.
  • I can use technology in authentic ways.
  • I can continually seek ways to make phonics instruction more authentic.
  • I can add whimsy to my classroom.
  • I can use technology to build character.
  • I can make charts with my students that are easy to understand and become tools that they refer to often.
  • I can seek deeper conversations and deeper thinking with my students.
I believe that's the abbreviated list.  If I think too much longer about it, I'm sure I could add more.  More isn't always better, so I'll be content to simply tackle these learning targets for now.  What I Can statements are on your list?

(Sometimes it helps to write them down.)  


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21 comments:

  1. Great list Tammy! We too are doing the learning targets and I can lists. This year has me reassessing them and myself daily.:)
    Tammy
    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe
    dtklinger@gmail.com

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    1. Tammy, it is a daily process isn't it? Always on our toes. :)

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  2. When I used to sit on the interview committee, one of our best questions was, "Why do students fail?" And the candidates who got a second look were the ones that were able to take a hard look at themselves when they answered that question instead of at the students and their backgrounds, etc. Great post!

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    1. ps. I LOVE the word whimsy!

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    2. Barbara, that's an interesting question to ask prospective teachers. The quality of our classroom instruction is so important. (I'm giving whimsy a go.) :)

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  3. I love you I Can list. I made my students write one thing they can do and banned "can't" from the room:-)
    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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    1. Laurie, I love that you banned "can't" from your room too. It's all about being a can-doer.

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  4. I really like your quote - and the books that you suggest through your blog that help me continue to be a learner myself.

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    1. Sara, there are way too many books in my pile. I'm glad to hear that my suggestions are helpful to you as well. :)

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  5. Hi Tammy. Sounds like our schools are on a similar plan...we are talking a lot about setting and posting those learning objectives too. I think I need to sit down and write some of my own, too. Thanks for the idea!

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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    1. Crystal, we might have to share notes on how our learning targets are going. :)

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  6. Tammy, I love reading your posts...you always make me think! We are getting close to our fall break and I am hoping to get some reading done, so I can kind of re-vamp my classroom schedule. I like how you made "learning goals" for yourself. Thanks for making me think!
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. Kelly, thanks for letting me know that my posts make you think. That's certainly my hope.

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  7. Your I can statements are great! A lot of them could apply to my room. :) Thank you for making us think!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori, I hope I can pull of my I Can statements. At least I'm thinking about them.

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  8. I love the idea of I can statements for ourselves. I'm awed by your long list and it is abbreviated?! I can go make a list right now and put off dishes and laundry!
    Jenny

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    1. Jenny, I bet your list would inspire me to add to mine!

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  9. I've been working through I can targets as well. I've added them to my lesson plans. I also state them before each lesson and ask kids to say what they think the target was at the end of each lesson. It's very focusing and eye opening.

    Kimberley

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    1. Kimberley, I'm still in the beginning stages of writing and using them. I've got lots to learn.

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  10. I love your I Can list...it could be mine:)

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    1. Barbara, cool! If you find ways to make those things happen in your room, let me know how you pulled it off! :)

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