Nothing gets me more anxious and excited as the beginning of a school year. Summer is great and wonderful, don’t get me wrong. I love my time home with the kids. We got a swingset, a new camera, and went on several amazing trips during the course of the summer and it was wonderful! I mean anxious as in -“My gosh I got so much to do! What to change, what to keep the same? What will my kids be like? What problems will crop up? Am I missing a seating chart? Did I forget to order pencils? I also mean anxious for change- It’s an impending doom and blessing when August comes around and its time to think about school. I like change, but don’t remind me of that when choosing a meal at Wendy’s.
One thing I am looking forward to with this year is that much of my other distractions are out of the picture. I just got my masters in Instructional Media which I am pumped about. I also have more time to teach each period (40 <56 mins). What I have going for me is half a year of instructional videos for my kids in the flipped model as well. I have some questions I am tackling currently. I’ll let you know what decisions I make and how it plays out this year.
- Blogging and digital portfolios- How will this look for my class or does it have a place?
- digital lab books- If not blogs, then digital science notebooks…Still wondering.
- Improving methods of materials for the flipclass model. I want paperless, but packets seem more important for students rather than digital at my level. (correct me if I am sooo wrong on this)I teach 11 yr. olds with little experience with computers in the classroom.
- Improving computer tech integration to enhance, rather than replace learning opportunities. – Its one thing to do a writing piece, but another to create a e-book lab report with pictures, writing, and design that can be read by others.
- Video in the classroom – How can I make this a productive venture in my class?
- Classroom management Improving turning in assignments, getting information to students, as well as layout of content and materials to make it conducive to learning.
Comments and answer to questions appreciated.