Sunday, August 18, 2013
So this year I want a different goal or two.
Goal 1: I want to talk less. I have a tendency to talk too much, to explain too much, to demonstrate too many times. Instead, I want to give students more time for inquiry work, more time for problem solving, more time for cooperative work.
Goal 2: I want to promote and develop student curiosity.
My first step is to ask students what they notice, what they wonder. And not just pose those two questions, but to record their responses, and invite students to explore them in class and on their own. This means I need to start with better "problems" ... problems without questions already posed, problems in context that allow for noticing and wondering.
I know more goals are too many but a third goal is to do more with student mistakes. One strategy will be to use the "favorite no" activity - especially in short review activities.
So ... I was impressed by Mary's measurable SMART goal. This is the first year in a very long time that I am not teaching a tested course. So I won't have formal state testing data to examine. Since my goals go together, talking less, posing better questions, the hard work will be in planning my lessons. And then ... I must, must use a timer! I often use a timer for student work, but now I must apply that same strategy to my talking!
I am in that anticipation phase ... excited about the possibilities for this new year! What goals do you have???