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DEFINING A SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM

What does a successful Wayfinder class look like? Since this curriculum may not be evaluated in the same way as a typical class, here is a rubric to help you assess its effectiveness. At the end of each Quick Guide, there are short evaluative questions based on these markers of success.

1. STUDENTS ARE ENGAGED

Students are present

  • Students actively listen when others are sharing

  • Students are not distracted by digital devices

  • Students write in their toolkits

Students are participating

  • Students share thoughts and ideas

  • Students respond to each other’s ideas

  • Students ask questions

2. STUDENTS FEEL SAFE AND INCLUDED

Students feel connected to the teacher(s)

  • You give each student an opportunity to share

  • You share a personal story related to the lesson

  • You connect with students individually

Students feel connected to each other

  • Students are comfortable talking about personal experiences

  • Students offer support and empathy for each other

  • Students build and deepen relationships with each other

3. STUDENTS ARE LEARNING

Students show understanding of Wayfinder ideas

  • Students are able to articulate what they are learning

  • Students are able to articulate why each lesson is important

  • Students ask questions to deepen their understanding of Wayfinder ideas

Students apply Wayfinder ideas in their life

  • Students use Wayfinder language to describe their experiences

  • Students are able to articulate how lessons apply to their life

  • Students refer to conversations they have outside of class about Wayfinder ideas 

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