Perfect! I'm so in - and there's a list of great questions on the TeachThought Blog to help inspire reflection and provide framework, which is just what I need. 30 days can help a new habit form, and that's something that I (and many teachers) try to do at the beginning of the school year.
Here's Blog No. 1 on the first day of September - which makes my little Type A heart dance a little.
Day 1: Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you'd like to be!
I think my goals for the school year as similar to the goals that most (all teachers) have.
I want to build deep and meaningful relationships with my students/their families, my teaching team, and my colleagues.
I want to help my students grow, change, and achieve - at their level, whatever that may be for them.
I want my students to pursue their passions, to feel engaged, challenged, and excited by their work.
I want my students to be able to persevere and put their own spin on their learning even during those times when they're not feeling particularly engaged or excited.
I want to my students to know that failure isn't a bad word, and that great things come with patience AND hard work - and that iterate is my new favourite word (thanks to Steph and Dana at Telus Spark and the amazing Spark SHIFTLab).
|“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas Edisonhttp://www.thomasedison.org/index.php/education/edison-quotes/|
I want my students to understand the value of a variety of different ways of learning, experimenting and finding the way(s) that work best for them.
I want my kids to understand that fair doesn't always mean equal.
I want my kids to have a fabulous year at school. This is their real world and it's going to be amazing.