By the end of the month...
So we have 50 extra minutes...
Home Court Extensions fall on Fridays this year, and while it may seem like kids are at their squirmiest- which they are- ending the week on a positive note, reflecting on work accomplished, and looking ahead to goals set will hopefully be a great way to kick off their weekends. Below are some suggested plans for Extended Home Courts if you're not sure what the should look like.
First: Dive into Growth Mindset
During their conference, students will need to explain the concept of Growth Mindset to their parents. Begin by watching a few videos about brain science, and the importance of failing, encouraging the students to take Cornell Notes throughout.
Discuss what growth mindset looks like and sounds like, and then, allow them to practice explaining the difference between growth and fixed mindset with one another.
Discuss growth mindset in squads, using this prompt as an example.
Third: All grade assembly.
At some point in the month- listed on the calendar above- your Home Court's grade will be taken out for an all grade assembly. In the future this may be a great time to hold back those struggling students to 'focus' them, like in the old days, and help them get caught up on work or projects.
However, this month the security team, administrators, and counselors are introducing themselves and their roles in the school- including how students may use them as resources.
You may attend, obviously, or use this time to plan for the upcoming Home Court week, or even meet as a grade level to talk about Home Court ideas, implementations, or future assemblies you would like to host!
Second: Practice Student Led Conferences
All students have led one or none conferences themselves. Explain the purpose of SLCs, and break down the basics: introductions, where to sit, order of agenda, explanation of Fixed vs. Growth, classes and grades breakdown, and the exit slip materials. A LOT! Remember, there will be ample extended H.C. time to have students practice, so take it slow.
Break up this session with information about Cornell Note taking with some of the quick videos. This will introduce students to the process in a non threatening way.
Practicing Cornell strategies, watch the videos and read about responsibility in the real world. Discussing a video and article, comparing notes and reviewing expectations for note taking in different subjects will take up a lot of time!