And I am now heading into my own summer where I hope to achieve at least a part of the reflection I have asked my students to do. Elaine Plybon wrote so truthfully about the reality of a teacher's summer, so I wonder what I will have actually achieved by summer's end. But I have spent this school year really thinking about my teaching, something the luxury of years of old lessons at my fingertips has allowed me not to always do. And reflection is to me the single most important piece of being a good teacher. None of us are perfect, and no lesson is perfect, no matter how well it goes. We ask our students to learn and grow, and we must do the same.
So, here are my goals for my reflection this summer:
- I will revisit lesson planning by reading Understanding by Design
- I will figure out how to add The Rime of the Ancient Mariner to my AP class to add some reading level challenge that I think is lacking
- I will read 2 novels about other cultures (still deciding what these are!)
- I will research the writing approach, 6 Traits of Writing
- I will keep my blog current and keep up with everyone on Twitter
Now that I have written them down, I have to do them! What are your reflection goals for the summer?