As another school year draws to a close, it’s a natural time for reflection, relaxation, and recharging. As you look back on the 2016-2017 school year, a few questions to consider:
- Who worked harder in my classroom, me or my students?
- What did I learn from my students this year?
- What new risks did I take?
- What opportunities did my students have to investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model, and explore concepts and content in authentic contexts, with or without the use of instructional technology?
- What feedback do I want or need from my students to determine next steps?
Considering changes for next year? Here are some thoughts and additional questions:
“It is unreasonable to ask a professional to change much more than 10 percent a year, but it is unprofessional to change by much less than 10 percent a year.” – Steve Leinwand
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- What excites me?
- What don’t I know? What professional development or new professional connections do I need?
- What SMART Goal(s) will I set for myself next year? How will I hold myself accountable to the goals I set?
- What matters to me as an educator? What can I control?
- How will I push myself to take new instructional risks outside my comfort zone?