Gold Rush believes that reflection is an important component of learning. Reflecting is built into the closing of daily reading, writing and math workshops. Students share their new learning, the risks they took or strategies they tried during this time. They also restate the goals and share where they think they are in achieving them. At the end of a kindergarten math workshop this week students shared the following:
"I learned patterns in teen numbers."
"I worked on ordering and writing numbers."
"I noticed that smaller shaped make lager shapes."
"I used different ways to show numbers."
Educators also embed reflection into their professional development. Teachers that are new to Gold Rush had the opportunity to visit others' reading, writing and math workshops. These visits confirmed elements of their practice and allowed them to find opportunities to perfect their craft. We are proud of both teachers and students!