Description: The Formative Period is a time when the focus is on building proficient learners. Content is covered, and students begin learning to use what they learn, but there is a robust “building an
efficient learner” strand in the curriculum. With a strong Formative Period, it is possible to improve a student’s potential as learner and performer up to a full year.
Timeframe: The Formative Period usually begins after the third week of school, but that can be delayed if opening activities have not been successful. Maximizing growth and potential requires the development of an effective core set of competencies in all students, so it may be necessary to delay the beginning of the formative work. The Formative Period lasts until winter break.
Goals: The goals for the Formative Period focus on making all students effective learners. Emphasis is on the development of formative work habits, high levels of engagement, formative assessments, and independent use of learning. In an effective Formative Period, students become independent learners and independent performers.
– excerpt from Turning Around Turnaround Schools, Volume 2 – Embracing the Rhythm of the Learner Year
The free tools provided on this site are pulled, in part, from our recent book Turning Around Turnaround Schools, Volume 2 – Embracing the Rhythm of the Learner Year. If you have questions about how to use any of these tools, please feel free to contact us, or check out the book, available on amazon.com.