Today is BeHAG, (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) day here at Otautau School. We believe it is one of the key planks in building children to truly become owners of their learning. The ultimate is the child running the meeting, they inform their parent/s how they are going, what their goals are for progress in 2010. It is after all, all about them.
I enjoy wandering around and hearing the children talking about their learning. Stating to their parent/s what they hope to achieve. This is what we are about, this is our core business... learning. It feels great when the kids tell you its important they are not late for THEIR meeting, when they can tell you their writing level and then in the next breath tell you their next step in order to progress.
I would be misrepresenting the situation if you had the impression each and every child can and is doing this. However that is our goal and we too are making progress towards it.