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Slice of Life Tuesdays: Lifelong Learning


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Wonderful educational events happened here this week. All three girls received As for their summer school classes, two of us are reading and writing (to hopefully publish soon), and I’m leaving tomorrow for the Scholastic Reading Summit! As I continue to work on my teaching and learning goals, I signed up for the School Librarian test this week, too. I just can’t stop talking about authors and books, and to add that credential to my license will be awesome! I love being a lifelong learner, and I’m so happy that my kids are, too!

My teaching goal for the school year is set: help my students become lifelong learners. I am reading texts by other teachers about FUN in school, Genius Hour, project-based learning, and other marvelous ways to make school a better place for learners.  Teachers are spending this summer traveling to conferences and workshops to learn more, to be inspired, to plan for their students’ successes.  Wow! Amazing days are ahead of us, I can feel it!

I will use three strategies to meet my goal of building lifelong learners this year:

1) I will use time in my classes to read aloud, talk about books, and write. My students and I will read and write together, and share our processes to produce great works. We will use our favorite mentors — authors we love — to help us. Reading time will be used for reading; writing time will be used for writing. Talk is important, and sharing with each other will be fun.

2) I will allow choice in the classroom. I always have provided choice; I believe that students are more engaged and more focused when they work on what is personally meaningful to them. I will strive to offer resources from different media formats, as I am allowed. I hope to start students blogging, and I have already asked permission to upgrade our technology in the classroom. Students will choose projects that enhance everyone’s school experience.

3) I will assess my students fairly and help them to meet the school and state standards. I know that standardized testing will not vanish (I wish!), but I will also provide meaningful formative and summative assessments where students can be challenged and grow without fearing “the test” in the spring.

I want school to be fun again. I want my students to experience education that leads to a productive, successful adulthood, beyond my classroom. I want my students to be lifelong learners, like me.




Author: Jennifer Sniadecki

I write about literacy education and my love for reading and writing. My passion is sharing titles I use for school libraries, classroom collaborations, and professional development. My goal is to collaborate, research, and share with other life-long literacy learners. Welcome to my blog!

7 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesdays: Lifelong Learning

  1. Yay Jennifer! I’m so excited for your trip to the Scholastic Reading Summit. Learn! Learn! Learn!

  2. Life long learning for all of your students…definitely an admirable goal. I can see from your post that you are wonderful model for your students.

  3. You are certainly fired up and ready for the next school year! I’ve enjoyed following you on Facebook this past week — lots of great links shared. Thanks!

  4. You’ll do it! You’re the live model for the joy in learning. I love my adapted version of Genius Hour — it is Personal Learning Time with GATE 3-5th graders once a week. GoogleClassroom really makes it all come together.

  5. Those are wonderful goals – enjoy the Scholastic vent and blog about what you learned!

  6. Jennifer, I love your post. An exciting goal and I love that you’ve thought through specific strategies to help you achieve your goal. Enjoy the Scholastic Reading Summit. I’ll be watching for a blog post sharing your experience.

  7. This sounds so great, Jennifer. I love hearing your goals, deliberate and focused on the students and the learning. My school empowers students in choice, supports each one studying their chosen topics, and with their input, the teacher creates the curriculum. I believe choice is everything, even when it means that the student doesn’t do so well, but learns why and changes because of that. I wish you best wishes for a great year.

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