We’re getting there! It’s easy to forget that I’m expecting children to approach their learning in quite a different way to what they are used to, which results in pretty high standards that can be difficult to reach, especially for some children. It has been so engrained in them by year 6 that the teacher dictates what is done when, and so forth, that this system is throwing them way out of their comfort zone. However, having said this, I don’t think I would change any of my teaching over the last few weeks – instead I should have been less surprised and more tolerant when children struggled with the relative freedom of My-learning.
Week 4 saw us plan Monday and Tuesday, then Wednesday to Friday. The children are starting to get into the swing of things and also enjoying this way of learning more, for the couple of children who weren’t convinced at the outset.
Here are a few quotes from some of the reflections the class did on Friday last week:
- “I discussed my learning with people like I discussed maths when I was stuck or when I learnt something.”
- “I talked, but only learning came out of my mouth.”
- “I’m really glad the teacher gives us a to do list, otherwise I would be really stuck.”
- “I have learned to be independent, but sometimes I ask for help.”
- “I have LOVED My-learning. It has taught me how to be independent for later in life.”
- “I’m finding summarising hard, but I’m going to work on it by doing tasks about that earlier in the day rather than in the afternoon when I’m really tired.”
- “I like My-learning because you get to do whatever you want when you want.”
This week (week 5) will see us planning out 1 whole week. Fingers crossed!!