By Sheryl Wittig
Teachers are expected to post their learning goals for students. I do not have a fixed whiteboard, or open wall space. I do have a 12’ screen and ceiling-mounted projector, and often post our goals on Google Slides. I’m not going to drop the screen, flip on the projector just to show my kinder class today’s learning goals (unless the rest of the lesson was online). But I want something present in my classroom that acknowledges the new standards and encourages students, staff and especially me to consider each foundation, key commitment, domain and competency. I want students to ask questions about what they see. So - something interesting and near where they like to be in the library.
I picked up some of those vinyl clings promoting the new standards. The view out our bay window is too beautiful to obscure it with anything. The windows to the computer lab have potential, but usually full of drawings made during this year’s graphic novel illustrator guest visit (thanks, Mini-Con). But the kids love spending time on the computers. We have two large built-in computer counters with a rows of lights crossing over each. I built six mobiles - one for each of the shared foundations. The top layer of each mobile is the shared foundation on one side, and its key commitment on the other side. The next layer down are the four domains, and on the back side of each of those is it’s competencies. These are ceiling mounted and dangle about over the computer counters. I had the pieces cut out (you know, like half a year ago, then set aside), and the fishing line and swivels. So I had to learn more about making mobiles. https://www.marcomahler.com/how-to-make-mobiles/ was a good starting point. I got myself some galvanized, 14 gauge wire and several hours later I had six mobiles hanging above my computer tables.