When A “Communication Of Learning” Writing Weekend Becomes A Reflection On Goal Setting …

I just finished myΒ Communications of Learning.Β As much as I actually liked writing them, it felt like a weight had been lifted from my shoulders when I finally sent the PDF copy to my principal. Like I usually do, I shared much of my writing progress through Twitter.

It was my second last tweet here that really made me pause.Β Goals.Β When it comes to writingΒ Communications of Learning,Β I set many. I’m always figuring out how many weekends I’ll need to write them —Β I can’t seem to be as articulate during the week as I am on the weekendΒ — and how many comments I can write in a day.Β What about proofreading?Β I try to be really accurate in my proofreading, so it usually takes me about 5-6 hours to finish this step. Sometimes more.

This whole process has me thinking about students. Even in young primary grades, I’ve had students set goals before. Maybe the goal is to print using smaller letters, to add more details to their work, or to persevere with a more challenging task. These goals can vary depending on the child and the time of the year. But moving from co-creating goals to having children set their own is often a goal of mine. As I persevered to stay focused this weekend, to really see the child in the comment, and to complete the writing task, I wonder about the value in sharing our goals with kids.

  • What if we shared our successes …,
  • Our struggles …,
  • Our need to modify the goals …,
  • And maybe even what we had to change to make things work …,

would this make us more human, and help students as they work through their own goals?Β 

Adults have their own goals to meet, and just as kids may find goals challenging, so can adults. But hopefully in the end, they can cue the “happy dance” just as I did. There’s something joyful about meeting with success. On this report card/Communication of Learning writing weekend, I hope that fellow educators meet their goals. May our students share the same happiness in success as we do. And maybe, if not all of us meet with success, will this help us empathize with those kids that also struggle. Sometimes a little joy comes in knowing that you’re not alone.


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