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So, what did you do at school today?

You can hear the thumps of footsteps down the hall as everyone races to be the first at the dinner table. The smell of something that was ‘just whipped up’ fills the house. Steaming bowls of food are on the table and the family digs in and starts devouring. After the first few bites the usual questions begin to fly around the room.

“How was work?”, “Did anyone feed the dog?”

Then comes the kicker. The question asked by parents and dreaded by every student.

Parent: “So, what did you do at school today?”

The question hangs in the air as the kids at the table shuffle uncomfortably. They look at one another, silently hoping someone else will answer the question.

“Uhhh, I don’t know….nothing?!”

Many of you have been witness to this common dinner conversation, or even perhaps, you’ve played a starring role. Parents’ involvement in their children’s learning is consistently associated with positive outcomes for children of all age groups but it can be challenging. At Bundaberg Christian College we have been focusing on the use of Learning Goals which allow parents and students to focus on what they are supposed to learning. When learning goals are clear, they guide student decisions on where to focus effort and illuminate what they are to take from a given task. These Learning Goals are specific, measurable and focused on the students’ abilities. 

To facilitate the conversation from the traditional 'what did you do at school today' to a learning conversation, we have provided some additional options:

  • What was one of your Learning Goals today?
  • Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
  • Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
  • Think about what you have learned and did in school today. What's something you'd like to know more about? What's a question you have that came from your learning today?
  • Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
  • Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
  • What was challenging about your day?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • Is there a question you wish I'd ask you about your day?

Hopefully these extra conversational tools will come in handy at your next family dinner table conversation!