As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 rolls in, it is time to start thinking about ways to improve our educational practices. We spend the first semester really getting to know our new students and understanding the different classroom dynamics of each class period, so it only makes sense to take what we know and improve our teaching practices. Here are 4 resolutions to incorporate in the new calendar year. One thing I want to focus on this year is providing my students with meaningful feedback that will enhance their learning. Sure, I can quickly jot down a checkmark next to a well-written sentence , but how does that really help my students? To provide my students with more meaningful and effective feedback, I’m going to write about two detailed comments on major papers that point out specifically what the students did well and why it works. Instead of writing “nice intro” on an essay, I might write, “great job on your thesis statement. It is detailed, to the point...
As the end of the semester nears, it's time for the same ol' routine we encounter every single year. Between final grades, final exams, final essays, cumulative projects, letters of recommendation, and more, we need to remember that we've made it through before. 1. It's officially excuse season. Our students suddenly realize that there are less than two weeks left in the grading period, and they get pretty creative. 2. While some of the excuses demonstrate creativity and ingenuity, others are just .... blah. It's like they think this is our first year teaching or that we didn't attend high school ourselves. 3. Then there is that moment when you realize that last week's plans are completely back firing on you right now. Lesson learned: watch the movie AFTER students turn in their essays. 4. During this time you might begin to wonder why you have a Google Classroom, classroom website, parent information page, digital calendar, wh...