June Advisory

If I knew then what I know now…

There are two days left in advisory which provides a fantastic opportunity to look back and reflect on your year and, perhaps, help the next class benefit from your experiences. You will be looking at problems you encountered this year and possible solutions to those problems using the Learner Profile attributes.

First, visualize a problem you had this year. This could be academic, behavioral, social, anything really. Think about the problem on your own, even close your eyes to visualize the scenario. Then, think about how the problem was resolved, if it was. Did you use a learner profile attribute to solve your problem or could you have? What would it have looked like if you had? When you are done visualizing, go over the following steps about problem solving.

Problem Solving with the Learner Profile:

Step 1: Identify the problem

Example: I had to sign the behavior book for being up out of my seat in class.

Step 2: What learner profile attribute(s) was missing from this scenario and how do you know?

Example: Principled was missing because I wasn’t doing the right thing at the right time in the right place.

Step 3: How do you solve this problem now?

Example: Sit in my seat when I am asked to do so.

Step 4: How do you use the learner profile to avoid this problem in the future?

Example: When the expectation is to be in my seat, I will be principled and not get up out of my seat.


Now: using the set of cards provided,

·         Look over the scenarios and talk about whether you have had any of those problems this year.

·         With your team, brainstorm up to 5 more scenarios that you may have, or you have seen your peer’s problem solve this year.

·         Using the structure fan n’ pick, or something similar, practice giving advice to your team using the 4 steps above.


Day 2: If I knew then what I know now…

Write a letter to a potential ______ grader using one or more of the problem scenarios from last class. Tell them what the problem was, what led to the problem (what learner profile attribute was missing), how you fixed it, and what you would do differently next time. Title your letter:  If I knew then what I know now…