LHS JayWay - Photo Walk

During our September plan hour professional learning we set up a "Jay Walk" where educators would spread out over the school to get into classrooms and walk the halls looking for stories they could share via #lpsleads and #lhsjayway.

Setting it Up: 
Wandering around without a purpose is ineffective. We began each plan hour with chocolate and a purpose.

It all started with a simple question:

What makes a post compelling

Each group was given 10 social media posts and were asked to put them in order of least compelling to most compelling. They were then asked to share why they sorted the posts in this order. Participants talked while we recorded their ideas on what makes a post compelling.

We then looked at the list and combined any repeaters and added clarifiers. We discussed that if we did what was on the list, our posts would be more compelling. We then set out to take pictures and video throughout the halls and classrooms of LHS to share our story.

Photo Walk Results:

View our entire collection of tweets associated with this Jay Walk!

Wrapping it Up:
When we returned after our walk, it was clear there was a lot of laughter and smiles. We discussed how powerful it can be for students to define what success (and failure) looks like in the projects they are developing. This conversation quickly led to how this criteria could become the measurement tool for student success.

As the next groups started our Jay Walk learning lab, we looked back at what other teams said created a compelling post and refined the list. Take a look HERE.

Next Steps:
If you have tried or would like to try using Success Criteria with your students, please let us know! We are here to help and would love to get some action shots of students as they are engaging with sorting and defining work.

Share Your Thoughts:
Don't be shy, add your thoughts to extend our thinking via the comments below!


  1. I really enjoyed getting a chance to explore other classrooms and see the wonderful things going on throughout the building.

  2. This was a fun way to explore the idea of success criteria, and a great reminder of how important it is to put examples in front of students. We had great discussion about the power of seeing high quality models, and low quality models. This really helps students know what to do and what not to do as they are working on a project.

  3. Thanks for coming into see the Early Birds and our Harvest Market that just "opened for business". Lots of learning and fun occurring... plus it is always nice to see adult faces! :) Fun idea for a PD. Thanks!

  4. Love this reflection thru the photo gallery walk! Sara brings up a great point about providing models for students. I think sometimes we assume our directions are enough to guide them. Tracey and I provided "about me" examples for student blogging...I called it "The Good The Bad & The Ugly":)

    1. I thought the terms "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" really resonated with your students as it is the idea that anything can be published, but we need to really think about who we are as writers (curators, designers, etc) and determine what story we want to tell.

  5. I think a good way to take a class through this critical analysis is to give them examples and let them reflect using the criteria. This makes it easier for them to see how their own work stacks up to the work of others. And as we know...students are hard graders!


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