I’ve been avoiding this post. I know I need to recap my year, what I did well and what I need to work on, but I’m just not feeling it at the end. But it has been two weeks since I hugged my colleagues good-bye and walked out the double doors. It’s time.
What I did well:
- I did less test prep than ever. Whether this is a good or bad thing waits to be seen since our test scores are STILL not in.
- I used more video and visuals than ever before and they really helped students get involved in the lessons.
- I tried PBL/IBL. Tried it and liked it.
- I stopped thinking of tech as something cool and instead have starting thinking of it as a tool…meaning I stopped having to tell myself that during planning.
- I started presenting on tech in my district.
- I opened up writing to more than just prompts.
- I kept up with my blogging and have seen the result in better reflection as a teacher.
- I read more…hard to do with two kids.
- I used more nonfiction and more fiction over all.
- I posted grades every two weeks.
What I need to work on:
- My attitude. There were a few things that happened this year that I was justifiable angry over, but I couldn’t seem to get over. I think my poor attitude affected how well I worked with others. Grown-ups get over it. This is the reason I’ve been avoiding this posting….I didn’t want to admit that in writing.
- I let other people’s decisions affect my classroom too much.
- In my haste to do more, I let lapse some things I know work. Mainly writing portfolios.
- I still need to work on vocab. It has always been my weakest point.
- I totally blew the reader’s/writer’s notebook. So much so, I am wondering if it is worth the effort to retry.
I guess it evened out. I’ve had worse years, but I’ve also had better. I think the PD I need most the summer is summer. I need to relax and let go. I think it’s time for the beach.