It’s Monday, the 1st of July. There is just over 5 weeks of summer left! With a new school and the ability to teach all the subject again…to say I am excited doesn’t seem enough.
So what do I have to do the rest of summer?
A mixture of personal and professional goals.
- Get in the habit of exercising! I truly want to lose weight and become more fit.
- Spend some wonderful time with my family! These last 3 years, moving back from England, have been incredibly fast and furious. My family has allowed me to focus more than normal on adjusting to new standards and expectations. In the past 3 years, I have been a 5/6 teacher, gifted and K-2 Science, and 4th grade reading, writing, and social studies for 44 studentes. It’s been a whirlwind. So this summer…what’s left…is going to be filled with fun and exploration. (But, there will be learning involved…so I’ll share.)
- I want to get back into the NGSSS and CCSSS rubric I started for ELA.
- Begin an annual plan for math, science, social studies using the district pacing guides – so I can look at areas to integrate the ELA standards. (I really want to integrate!!!)
- I have pictures of my new room…and have been reviewing class setups. I want areas for collaboration, quiet spaces, and an outdoor learning space. I want to consider colors, boards, spaces, organizing tools – the nicks and knacks I’ll need. For example, I have a wall of chalk boards and I am thinking of having a a developing picture each week that students craft to show learning. (More on that later.)
- I want to get my lesson plan book up on-line and my paper grade book going so my thinking is organized from the start.
- I have been working on lesson plans for Florida’s CPALMS. The 4 lessons I submitted link to the NGSSS for Science. I want to use these at the beginning of the year. One is on bioluminescence!
- I need to get a handle on the annual assessments required by the state and our district – not just to know the time frame – but to have a plan on understanding the data they will give me and how to use it to enhance student learning.
- I want to review 3rd grade FCAT reading and 4th grade writing samples to get a sense of where my students can be (that was just one day)…so I can guide my beginning of year plans.
- I want to have a strong Assessment for Learning process. I learned a lot last year from working to implement the Daily 5 (loved it), DIBELS, and more. I want to get my assessment binder reader.
- I want to have a better picture of how to monitor children who are on progress monitoring.
- Just take one giant step at a time!
- I am going to Flip areas of my classroom – but I will rely on http://www.LearnZillion.com again!
- I need a plan for how to integrate technology – using what I will have available and what is useful for my students and families.
- I want to have student portfolios…
- I need to finish at least one ESOL class. Ugh..I offered to help run a NASA ZR Robotics Camp at the last minute, and it totally rerouted my focus from these!
- Last…I want to have a strong communication system with my parents.
- And…I want this all to be simple, efficient so I have more of a balanced life! (I know it can be done!)
There must be more…but I’ll look at this each week. And it’s not lost on me that 3 goals are family goals and 15 are education related (I am such an EduNerd!)
Any ideas or recommendations you would like to share?