While it’s hard to believe, we are one week away from the end of the first quarter of sixth grade! It certainly feels like time is flying here at school.
We always spend a little time encouraging your students to reflect on their work behaviors at the end of each quarter. Work behaviors are all of the things besides academic ability that influence success — think coming to class prepared, demonstrating a willingness to participate, serving as a leader in groups, and being willing to ask for help when it is needed.
Those reflections start with a Work Behaviors rubric, which is embedded below. We will have a conversation in my class about each category on the rubric. Then, students will rate themselves. Finally, each core teacher will give students a rating. Completed work records are sent home with report cards in lieu of comments.
We encourage you to think about using this work record with your child at home. Review the ratings that they have given themselves. See whether or not you would give them the same ratings for their work behaviors at home — think completing chores in a timely way or giving their best effort in out of school activities. Also, be on the lookout for discrepancies between the ratings students give themselves and the ratings that teachers give. It’s important for students to learn to accurately identify their strengths and weaknesses.
We are also going to ask students to use the Reflections guide and PBIS Refresh activities embedded below to think about their performance this quarter. Our goal is to help your children to see life as a set of opportunities that they can take advantage of. Our hope is that they will be able to find areas where they could do a better job taking advantage of the chances that they have.
While all of this work will be done at school, we hope that you will review this content with your kids at home. Emphasizing positive work behaviors is almost as important as academic mastery in middle school. The habits that your children are developing now will define who they are as students and as learners for a long time to come.
Hope this helps,