Friday, 17 June 2016

Making GOOD choices...

For 'Learning to Learn' over the last couple of weeks we've been talking about choices. We know that a choice is when we have different ways of doing things or different things available and we need to decide what to do or which one we want.  Sometimes it is hard to make a good choice.



We have identified that there are lots of opportunities for us to have choices about our learning at school - who we play with, how we sit (sometimes we lie down on our tummies, sometimes we sit on a chair, sometimes on the mat), what to work on (what reading/writing activities are best to help us work on our literacy goals; what maths activity to choose), what books to get at the library ...

While we were getting to know one another, we had named seats and Mrs P helped us decide where we should sit.  Lately we have been choosing our own spots at our work table.  From this week, we decided we were ready to choose where we wanted to sit and who we worked well with, so we took our name labels off our chairs.  The first day wasn't so easy. We all rushed to sit with our friends. It was nice to sit with our friends but we quickly realised that for some of us, that wasn't good for working.  We started to chat and distracted each other.  So as a class, we talked about how WE like to work, and what works for US ...

We all have some great ideas about what makes a good choice...

After trialling different spots and working with different children, we reflected on our ideas and all wrote down what worked for us.  To remind ourselves while we get used to sitting where we want, we wrote our ideas on post-its and have displayed them on a chair at the front of the class!  Every time we go to work at a table, we are reminded about choosing a good spot that works for us and the people around us.  It is working well.  We like being able to choose where to sit...



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