As a totally geeky person who reflects on her teaching and learning year round, I also like to stop and look back at the whole picture. Here I go!
What was better this year than in the past?I *think* I balanced school and home better this year than ever before. I became one with first grade's Common Core standards by reading them, breaking them apart, researching ideas, looking across grade levels, creating activities and assessments and a whole bunch of trial and error! I read more books than ever....to my students, by myself, and with my son. It was a reading kind of year!
What will I do differently for 2013-14?My huge goal for next school year, and this may sound silly, is to put it back! My file pile will often take overflow the file pile basket. Picture it-papers, tracers, ideas from other teachers, patterns, magazine articles I love, etc all in this cute basket-NOT looking so cute! I mean yuck, right?!?! I'm going to put things away immediately..... and if not-by Friday for sure! Mark this date and somebody, anybody, hold me to it!
What went well for you at home or school or both this year? What is your goal for next year?