In order to keep attention as much as I can in the present, I'll write down goals for the summer here. They will be ready and waiting, after students leave on Friday!
1. Relax, work on balancing out my life with reading, gardening, swimming, playing. (I write this goal first because it is one of the more difficult for me to achieve!)
2. Read professional literature. Top of my list to read is Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle and High School Students by P. W. Harris. I'm not sure what else to read this summer. I do plan to keep up with the articles at Read, Chat, Reflect, Learn.
3. In light of the reading, develop a consistent routine for building numeracy in my classroom. I plan to create at least the warm-ups for the first semester. Those warm-ups will include fractions, mental arithmetic, estimation, and ... more?
4. This past year my students had laptops and I tried to blend learning with meaningful technology activities. I want to do a better job, I know I can. I've already begun to brainstorm how that might look. This summer I want to build at least the first 4 - 5 units of instruction with technology embedded.
- I'm building a consistent starting place on my website. So students know to go to that place when they enter the classroom. All of the links they need will be there.
- I want to use technology to build in more student reflection. I plan to use Google Forms to capture their reflection. So when students enter the classroom, the first thing they will do is enter their homework reflection and if the homework is done on the computer, that's where they will give me the link to their work. In this reflection I want students to tell me something about the effort they put into the homework, and what challenges they had and/or what was easy for them. At the end of lessons, I envision using Google Forms as exit tickets.
- I also want to revamp activities to use Demos more effectively ... and explore what other online tools might help our topics come alive for students.
- Student blogs fascinate me ... I'm pondering what that might look like. Trying to be realistic - with 150 students.
- I used Edmodo this past year but I bet I can use it more effectively!
- Last year I made tutoring videos on very specific problems we worked in class. I want to catalog those, maybe make more?