So, that's how I started my list-writing obsessiveness. I'm not kidding when I say that I have lists everywhere - on my iPad, my phone, sticky notes on my computer, paper jumbled in my bag - of things I want to change for next year. Ideas I have for next year. Excitement that I have for next year. Most of the lists are about lessons that I tried, units that should be completely redone, or strategies to research over the summer.
But there's this other list that I wrote, and I want to add it here for no other reason but to hold myself accountable -
Awesome ideas you had but were too afraid to try:
1. 20% time
2. A BRAWL (thereadinessisall is amazing.)
3. Socratic Circles with coaches (check out Esther Wu on theteachingchannel.com for more info)
4. The big Gatsby project -- Who is really at fault?
5. Writing to write and reading to read -- AKA making time for things I believe are important.
I spent the majoirty of this year finding myself as a teacher rather than pushing myself as a teacher, and that bothers me. I didn't stretch myself in a way that I want to. Did I do some new and interesting things? Sure. I love the blogs that my students wrote, but I want to do more. I want my kiddos do more. To know more and be more.
To be fair, I put my toe in the pool with some of these things but never fully jumped in.
But next year?