Reorientation to CHILD

By the 2nd semester of the year, all of the Essential Components of CHILD will have been introduced, practiced and are moving toward mastery.  This phase of implementation is called the “Accomplished Phase” and is a reflection of you and your student’s hard work during the first half of the year.

Critical Tip of the Month

Set students up for 2nd semester success by reviewing the Essential Components of CHILD.  Time spent now with reorientation will pay off through the remainder of the year.

CHILD Essential Component :  Students participate in a structured orientation to learn self-management techniques.

Returning from the holiday break is a perfect time to conduct a mini reorientation to CHILD.  As students prepare for the 2nd half of the year, discuss what has worked well in your classroom and practice new routines and procedures.  Identify goals together and refine reflection writing with students.

Students follow a structured reorientation plan at the midpoint of the year.  This reorientation refines the process of becoming self-regulated learners, responsible for themselves, materials and equipment within the classroom, and cooperative, collaborative and independent learners during station time.

Check out the online orientation resources under Teacher Tools on the website.

Goal Setting Review

By this time of year, many students are ready to refine their goal setting skills and become independent in setting ones that reflect their individual needs.  As a New Year activity, consider tying together New Year’s Resolutions with goal setting.  Review the three types of goals: academic, behavior and work habits.

This is a teaching opportunity with great long-term benefits.  Learning to be goal-oriented is an important life skill.  Explicitly teach students how to set reasonable and measurable goals.

Here are a few Passport tips for the new semester. Be sure to utilize your CHILD Goal Setting Poster to model sample goals for your students.

  • A goal should focus on something to help students succeed. Goals are personal. Encourage wise choices from the samples that you list on the Poster.
  • Brainstorm academic, behavior, and work habit goals. Academic goals come from standards and benchmarks set by the teacher. Behavior and work habit goals can come from the weekly self-assessment checklist in the Passport that need improvement.
  • Do a “gallery walk” where children list goals on three labeled charts (academic, work habit, behavior). Ring a bell every five minutes and have students move to the next chart. They have five minutes to brainstorm and write additional goals.
  • Create a teacher wish list. Divide your wish list into academic, work habit, and behavior goals. Students then choose the wishes/dreams that they can grant you!
    • I wish my students knew how to _____.
    • I wish all my second graders would ____.
    • I have a dream that my students will remember to ___.

CHILD Essential Component :  Students set and assess unit goals.

Goal setting is a 21st century skill that is explicitly taught to CHILD students.  Students are guided by their teachers to set reasonable long and short-term goals which they record in their Passports.  At the beginning of the 2nd semester and/or following the holiday break, model goal setting for students as a reinforcement for this life-long behavior.

Passport Review Ideas

Review the Passport with fresh ideas from Secrets to a Successful Primary Passport or creating a Passport station using the Station Activities below.

New Stations for January

Be sure to check out the stations for use in January under the “Holiday” section of the website.  There are activities and resources for the following topics:

  • New Year’s
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Chinese New Year

Enjoy these new station activities to do with the New Year!

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