The upcoming New Year will bring about the end of our first semester within the school district that I currently teach. With the current age of accountability a teacher must constantly be reflective of their practice to insure that students are afforded every opportunity to learn the required curriculum set forth by the state board of education.
In an effort to affect my students in a more positive and productive manner, for the remainder of the school year I have decided to make several changes.
First and foremost, the completion of my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership is a priority. This, I believe, will demonstrate two simple but important points to my students. One, that education is a continual process. Completing the degree, I believe, will also open doors for me to become involved in differing levels of administration for which I can then have even a larger impact on a greater number of students.
Another desire that I have for the New Year is the implementation of a fully data driven classroom. Let me emphasize, the idea of a “fully” data driven classroom. In my eight years as a classroom teacher I have continually worked to improve my ability to use student data to facilitate teaching practices within my classroom. My focus has been to streamline the data collection process so to provide quick and useable information of a student’s abilities. The New Year will bring me a new opportunity to move towards a more data driven classroom.
The New Year will also open doors of opportunity for my students to take on more responsibility for their personal education. As a teacher, I hope to facilitate this opportunity allowing the students I interact with to become more self-serving in the pursuit of their individual educational journey. I hope to incorporate more of the Power Teaching concepts that I have continued to study.
My final desire for my classroom is to incorporate a better communication structure between the student’s family and the classroom. Currently, I produce a weekly newsletter, email, and maintain a website. Although these things are in place, there has been some lack of consistency on my part, due in part to the lack of consistency from the parents in providing necessary feedback. On my to do list, for the holiday break I plan to research and hopefully find a “gimmick” even if it is only a short term involvement.
As an elementary educator for the last eight years, I feel much like Aladdin rubbing the magic lamp waiting for the Genie to appear and grant me my three wishes; unfortunately my lamp is a fake with no Genie. Whatever the choices I make to better my classroom this coming New Year, will no doubt be guided by what is best for my students. As a classroom teacher, what is best for my students is truly with what I am most concerned.