What the goal means: In Mr. Solarz' Class we have a unique end of the day routine, called REARJMCL. The E stands for Evaluate. During Evaluate, the Evaluate-er asks us what we did good and bad to determine our goal. Then we read of a list of questions to determine how we were as leaders that day. Evaluate is supposed to be silent ad focused on the questions and the goal, but sometimes we are off topic and having side conversations. This goal is to improve our focus and willingness to do evaluate not just because Mr. Solarz told us too, but because we want to participate and reflect on our day.
Why this goal is important: One of our "goes unsaid" goals is that we don't work for rewards, we work for a thank you and a challenge. Most people just work at Evaluate because it is the end of the school day and they don't actually listen and evaluate themselves. A lot of kids (including me) have trouble concentrating during Evaluate and start side conversations or fidget. We need to learn to respect others and use metacognition. When we are not paying attention to the Evaluate-er during Evaluate, we aren't respecting Mr. Solarz, because the Evaluate-er has his power, and even if he or she didn't, we should respect them anyway. During the time that we are supposed to be looking back and reflecting on our errors, we are repeating them, which defeats the purpose of Evaluate in the first place. We need to learn to LEARN!
How we will know if we were successful in meeting our goal:
- When we are being immature, we use metacognition and stay on topic.
- We will pay attention to what the people around us are saying so that we can give opinions.
- We will be motivated to work because of challenges, not material rewards.
- We will participate and stay focused in Evaluate.
- When we give our honest opinions on goals.
- When we respect the Evaluate-er like we respect Mr. Solarz.
- When we can work our hardest at reflecting on our errors AND our feats.