Every year I go into the classroom I change some things. I have been teaching for 5 years now and I am always looking for ways to better myself in the classroom. I want to help my kids in every aspect of their lives, both in the classroom and out. I want them to take my lessons and apply how they do things in my class, to how they do things in the real world. I always tell my kids, ninth grade biology will not make or break your life, but the habits you create here just might.
Below are 5 different ways that I plan to improve as a teacher, and as a person.
Resolution #1: More Assessments
One of my biggest flaws as a teacher is assessments. Now to most this means tests and quizzes, but I need to go further. I need to get more of my assessments to match standards based instruction. This is the only way to ensure that my kids to do well on the state test. I know teachers hate teaching to the test, but it is what we need to do to increase state rankings and funding, so I will play the game.
Resolution #2: Re-Teach
Assessments are not worth a thing unless you use the information given. I need to take the information that the assessments give me and decide what content needs to be re-taught. This is the only way to ensure that the kids will retain the information in the end.
Resolution #3: Labs
I am a science teacher and we are all about labs. I am in a poor school so our funding is limited but I plan on taking a part of my check each month and buy materials for 2 labs. This is the only way to make sure my kids stay engaged. I figured when I used to work construction I had to buy my own tools, this is the same thing.
Resolution #4: Graphic Organizers
Many of my kids are visual learners so I plan to get away from traditional note and use more graphic organizers. This will help to keep the kids fully engaged into the lesson and it forces them to apply the knowledge in a different module.
Resolution #5: Home Calls and Postcards
Communication with parents is huge. If I can make the connection with the parents via emails or phone calls, it will help me keep better tabs on my students. I also plan to send home one postcard a week in order to inform a particular student’s parents that his or her child is doing well. I figure they like to hear good things about their kids and not just the bad things that usually require a call home.
Here it to the New Year!!!!