The great thing is that I have had quite a few of these students before as seventh graders. When I check my rosters, there are little pictures of them. There are so many of their little faces that I recognize and it fills my heart with happiness. I can’t wait to reacquaint myselves with them and to get to know the others whose faces are unfamiliar.
My summer has been filled with so much professional development. ISTE, Anita Archer, Teach like a Champion, posts from my PLN on Twitter and Google+. Honestly, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by all of the new ways that I have to reach my students. I decided that this is the perfect time to reflect on what I’ve learned and set goals for myself.
I am going to keep my goals SMART this year. If I do so, I will be able to develop a good plan to achieve them. So, here goes:
- I will keep my word wall up to date by posting my words in the morning on the day I teach them.
- I will give my students more choices about how to learn their objectives. There is more than one way to get to mastery.
- I will create authentic audiences for my students, even if it takes more time to find them.
- I will faithfully preassess before every unit. I do this for many of my big units, but I sometimes just wing it on others.
These are my goals for this year. I will revisit these and see how I’m doing.
What about you? Do you have any goals that you want to focus on for this upcoming school year?