I don’t make my resolutions this time of year. If I can be said to make resolutions at all, it would be the wish-list I write up for my birthday — the start of my personal new year. So January first is more like a quarterly report.
But this year I’m feeling like making some school resolutions. There are definitely some things I’d like to see become true about my classroom and my teaching between now and June, so …
- More integration between my class and the teen peer education program
- Redesign of our classroom, including getting started on the mural we want to paint on the big wall
- Publish at least two books of student writing
- Revisit goal-setting / education plans with everyone
- Less me, more them
- Bring Carlos in to talk about the college transitions program
- Find better ways to keep my adult and teen students working together
- Read A Wish After Midnight (thanks for catching the error, Susan!)
- Work through the geometry and algebra curricula (without suffering my usual math phobia!)
- Find better science resources
All of these things are important. Some will, of course, be much easier than others. I’m really worried that my class is going to be completely teen-i-fied by the end of the year. I don’t want to lose my ‘real’ adults now that we have so many new young people, and keeping that from happening is on me.
Lots of work to do, starting with Monday’s new student orientation. I’ve missed my classroom, and I’m looking forward to getting started again. I had hoped the last two weeks would include a little more time for me to focus on planning for next week … but when has that ever happened?