Write your goals for the school year:
As the school year in Australia is about to enter its fourth and final term of the year, my goals will look a little different to those of my counterparts teaching in the northern hemisphere. My goals are a mix of how to compensate for the goals I set in January, but which missed the mark, and goals which will facilitate reporting to parents and accountability for the end of the year handover.
So, my goals at this stage of the year are:
- displaying the student goals which were set at recent parent meetings and to continue to make these explicit to the students
- being more attentive to my poor neglected blog
- refocus on including feedback into my classes
- be more consistent with displaying learning intentions and success criteria
- resume my reflective journal
- to complete my online autism inclusion training
“There is growing evidence that character traits such as resilience, persistence, optimism and courage actively contribute to improved academic grades. And there are six key qualities that parents can foster in their children that will help them do their very best in school.”
Thanks once again to Linda Yollis for her magnificent work on class blogging – thanks to these delightful students, for the effective and practical tips about the importance of leaving authentic comments.
A gorgeous little video about the benefits of classroom blogging. Thanks to Kathleen Morris and Linda Yollis for this delightfully honest and sweet summary of why it’s so much fun to blog (oh and it’s got quite a few educational spin offs as well – LOL)
• You think of clouds as good things.
• You check Twitter for news. And only Twitter.
• The blogosphere is more relevant a term than the stratosphere.
• You spent more this year on iPad peripherals than you have pencils and pens.
• You giggle when you recall how you used to simply give tests at the end of a unit.
• You hate Wikipedia.
• You begged your school accountant for an iTunes card instead of your annual classroom fund.
• Have actually used the phrase “digital citizenship” in a sentence with a straight face.
• You’re in major trouble if the internet goes down during a lesson.
• You love YouTube.
• You forgot what chalk does to your skin.
• Flipping the classroom is an instructional strategy rather than a method of classroom management.
• Your students Facebook friend request you, and won’t take the hint.
• Your district has a more transparent Facebook policy than they do on assessment or curriculum mapping.
• You text other teachers during meetings.
• You think school should be out on Steve Jobs’ birthday.
• You trade rooms with another teacher for a better Wi-Fi signal—and don’t tell them why.
• You’ve texted during class, but have taken a student’s phone for doing the same.
• You plan lessons assuming that every student has Wi-Fi broadband access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Students blame passwords and log-in issues rather than the dog for eating their homework.
• Your students have to explain certain technologies to you, but you pretend you already knew.
• Your computer clock replaced the clock on the wall.
• You seriously consider that if it’s not being talked about on Twitter, it may not have happened.
• You’ve spoken more recently with the tech leader in Mumbai than the new 10thgrade Math teacher down the hall.
• You always truly believe there’s an app for that.