I wonder if I am the only one who does this. Every year, I am full of great ideas about all of the things I am going to improve and change in my classes. I read books on pedagogy over the summer and make notes of the ideas I like. For the last three summers, I have read the book by Robyn Jackson, "Never Work Harder Than Your Students." It is the best instructional book I have ever read for educators. Maybe it just embodies the principles I aspire to, but I have taken more information from that book and, as of late, Jackson's other book, "Increasing Rigor," than any other pedagogical source. So, in September, full of great advice and ideas, I begin to shape my classes. And then life takes over. And some of my ideas are lost in the shuffle of lesson plans and grading and meetings and classes. But each year I get a little better. And each year my class does shift a little more. The biggest change is my move towards a student-centered environment. My wish is to be a facilitator, not a lecturer. I like project and inquiry based learning. I like students taking initiative to have control over their learning. I like differentiating instruction. So I'm implementing them in my classroom. And every year it gets better. And every year I get a little closer to being the master teacher I wish to be.
Literacy and Technology Specialist, English Teacher, Learner, Integrationist.