One Page Profiles as Bookmarks
In January, I wrote about exploring different ways of presenting information on our One Page Profiles. The staff were keen to trial the bookmarks. Beautifully printed bookmarks were produced, which immediately inspired teachers and children to fill them in. The children enjoyed completing the different sections, and reading their own comments upon how to support their learning journey was very special. There was a real feeling that these would be useful on a day to day basis, being kept in their reading books.
There were a couple of things that we have learned from this, however. One teacher felt that she had ‘got it wrong’ by asking the children to write about anything that supports their learning. I reassured her that the things her pupils wrote was fine! Other children focussed on ways to support the reading. The ideas and suggestions that they came up with were very insightful.
Here are a couple of the bookmarks, where children have written about how they want to be supported at school.
We have also realised that the ‘like and admire’ section was completed from the child’s point of view. So they were listing things that they liked – pop stars, family members, sports. We should have been much clearer that this was about themselves – those characteristics that they and others like and admire; for example being a good friend, being able to save lots of goals, making people laugh, always being helpful. This is an important lesson to me, in that I needed to be much clearer in my instructions to the adults leading the activity.
Looking forward to how we can learn from this and continue to use this approach each term, we will create a post card style format with key information about Like and Admire / Important to and then focus on a section about ‘What I want my next teacher to know about how I learn best’. This section can be filled in by the children themselves, the parents and the teachers who have worked for a whole year with these children. This will be really useful for transition, and being in a postcard format will be easy to manage and use.