My focus for this school year will not be on testing, or homework, or even data teams, it will be on LEARNING.
I’ve been reading Ditch that Textbook and Teach Like a Pirate this summer, as well as learning from my PLN on Twitter, Voxer and EdCamps. All of these have reinforced the decision I made at the end of school last year to DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY! I will continue with Standards Based Grading but I like the phrase Standards Based Learning better. I will also be providing videos like a flipped classroom would so I can focus on projects and individualized learning in the classroom. I won’t be assigning homework every night, but I will provide outside practice for those who need it. I want students to learn in the way that best suits them. I don’t know how this will work but I’m excited to give it a try. The most important change will be directing the focus on learning and not on a grade. I want to eliminate the question, “What can I do to raise my grade?” I want them to ask, “What can I do to learn?” I can’t wait to have a classroom with students in control of their learning and a desire to be there. I hope my inner Pirate comes out!