On Monday morning English Class fourth graders participated in an exercise where they discussed with a partner their hopes, goals and expectations for this 2017-18 school year.
Their teacher, Ms. Anu, had written discussion topics on the chalkboard for the pupils to share. After the discussions, each pair summarized their thoughts on a post-it and placed it under the given topic.
The first topic of discussion was, What do you hope to learn in grade 4 this year? The pupils engaged in the discussions very earnestly. Some of the resulting post-it responses included -learn more about our country, -learn more religion, -learn new languages, -learn French/German, -learn to use the new Chromebook laptops, -learn more multiplication and -learn how to use big numbers. The fourth graders acknowledged their own responsibility for success with the following discussion topic, What will you need to do in order to be successful this year?
After intense discussions on the topic of having a smoothly run classroom, the fourth graders concluded that they needed to follow school rules and class rules, moderate their behaviour, teamwork, refrain from shouting, work hard and do homework, listen to their teacher, as well as be calm, quiet and supportive of one another.
The discussion topic, What does your teacher need to do in order to make this year successful?, the children concluded that the teacher needs to be helpful and supportive so they can learn. She also needs to guide them to behave well and be more polite. One pair even suggested that the teacher help some of the class members with their handwriting.
If the fourth graders and their teacher are successful at implementing these hopes, goals and expectations, it is going to be an awesome school year!