In order to strengthen self-efficacy, I’m teaching kids to keep honesty journals about their reading or homework. Instead of reprimanding kids when they don’t get stuff done, I’d rather see them reflect. I don’t get everything I need to get done (as you can see below!) all the time when I want to, either. Teach honesty journals by keeping one yourself. Below is an example of my at-home reading honesty journal. You could do this with any homework assignment. Research John Hattie discovered that while homework is not a huge influencer for student achievement, self-efficacy is the #1 influencer. So, if homework is still an important part of your classroom, consider incorporating an honesty journal.
Monday 11, March
Public holiday today. Got a lot of reading done. I’m more than halfway through my book. I think I’m really into it because I’m really invested into the characters. Realized that I somehow read 100 pages today! It’s an 800 page book. I didn’t want to read it because it was so long, but now I’ll be sad when it’s over.
Tuesday 12, March
Really wanted to read my book, but then realized I misplaced it. At first I thought I lost it permanently but realized I had left it at another house. Annoying. Wish I could read it. Thought about reading a magazine but was too annoyed about my book. Instead, relaxed then caught up on work that I needed to get done.
Wednesday 13, March
Very busy timetable today. By 7:30 in the evening, I was exhausted. Just wanted to watch TV. That’s okay… I know if I read or tried to do any work, I’d be too tired and I’d do it badly. I’m going to have to figure out how to make up the work I didn’t get done tomorrow.
Thursday 14, March
My daughter is sick and I’m getting sick, too. Just want to lie in bed. Thought about reading, but then I thought that if I started to read, I’d fall asleep. Then, I’d forget what’s happening, so what’s the point?