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Character Claim 1

  • DDES students are becoming effective learners because they regularly practice and apply skills of courage, compassion, and craftsmanship while giving and receiving feedback and revising their work.

    At DDES, we approach the skill development associated with performance character the same way we approach developing students’ reading and writing skills.  We deeply believe that explicitly teaching students how to practice and apply courage, compassion, and craftsmanship will impact their growth as learners.  We leverage our crew block, which is a class built into the schedule, to teach students performance character skills in a low stakes environment.  

    The process of giving and receiving feedback in order to effectively revise work requires courage, collaboration, and craftsmanship skills.  Students must demonstrate courage while presenting unfinished work to peers for feedback and while sharing their thinking about the work of others.  They apply compassionate collaboration skills by communicating with various partners and working through disagreements.  Students show their commitment to craftsmanship when they take a product through multiple revision cycles, without giving up, until they meet the success criteria.  We know that students who demonstrate strong performance character skills such as courage, compassion, and craftsmanship will be able to take on any challenge.  

    The evidence of feedback and revision cycles includes work from students in kindergarten, third, and fourth grade.  However, we are proud that this is a core component of the learning at DDES that happens regularly in every classroom, in every grade.  As students practice this skill, they have grown in their comfort and acceptance of a revision cycle, the quality of their feedback, and the depth of their revisions.  

    Performance Character Data

    In 2014, we began tracking character data by creating consistent school-wide character targets:  

    • I can show courage by doing the right thing and admitting my mistakes.
    • I can show compassion by being kind, helpful, and caring
    • I can show craftsmanship by actively working towards a learning target and producing quality work.
    • I can show tenacity by sticking with things, even when they’re challenging.
    • I can show self-discipline by focusing my attention on what I need to learn.

    Students receive a score (4-master, 3-accomplished, 2-developing, 1-beginning) on their ability to demonstrate each trait during the school day in a variety of settings.  Teachers collect evidence in both crew and academic settings to track students growth as they work to apply the character skills.  Three times per year, they are scored based on this evidence.  

    School-wide student averages demonstrate proficiency in Courage, Craftsmanship, and Compassion.  As a next step, we are interested in tracking character data differently.  First, we’d like to calculate the percent of students meeting or exceeding each target at the beginning of the year and compare this number to the same calculation at the end of the year.  This way, we can ensure that students are demonstrating growth during the school-year.  We’d also like to track sub-group character data to ensure that all students are benefitting from our character instruction.  

     

    School-wide, student averages demonstrate proficiency in Courage, Craftsmanship, and Compassion.  As a next step, we are interested in tracking character data differently.  First, we’d like to calculate the percent of students meeting or exceeding each target at the beginning of the year and compare this number to the same calculation at the end of the year.  This way, we can ensure that students are demonstrating growth during the school-year.  We’d also like to track sub-group character data to ensure that all students are benefitting from our character instruction.  

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    Third Grade Feedback and Revision Cycle

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    Performance Character Skills

    Student Reflections