I’ve decided to put the onus on my students, as far as throwing the ball back in their court, in regard to their education. Last semester I was wearing myself out doing the bulk of the work for my students. Well, I went to a charter-wide PD and got some great ideas. One of the ideas was to have extended time on assignments on an as needed basis instead of automatically giving the students extra time.
You see, the proposed change is threefold!
First, as I stated earlier, the onus is on the students. The students have matured so much in the past semester. I’m not sure if I would have tried to implement these changes at the beginning of the school year.
Secondly, the students will take more accountability knowing that they have to meet deadlines. This is actually a life lesson. Although students can take their IEPs with them to college and most colleges do honor them, the fact of the matter, is that they don’t have to. So, the sooner the students learn to stick to deadlines, the better.
Thirdly (I was thinking of this before I went to the PD), having the students take more responsibility frees me up to act as facilitator, further helping them to mature and take responsibility since they are basically in charge of their own learning.