Wow. I can hardly believe that this semester is coming to a close! (We still have two days next week!) I feel like it was just yesterday that I stepped into my new role of being a traveling middle and high school French teacher with 1:1 at my fingertips.
This year has taught me so much, but I’m really excited to have a break. Much like Melanie shared in her “Do ALL OF THE THINGS” post, I’m beat. I look at all of these amazing things that teachers are doing on twitter, on their blogs, on Pinterest, and I push myself so hard to be better than I am now. I have about 10,000 things on my “to do in class” list, with new ideas popping up every day.
Then I remember how social media makes me feel. These teachers MUST have terrible days where they don’t feel on their game, but I don’t see them. Clearly, all of my favorite language teachers have days where they lack creativity and students aren’t into a particular topic, but they don’t (always) blog about those. But I forget that almost 100% of the time. Much like Amy talked about the past month for me has been a “bad season.” But, as a year three teacher, I have to be content with doing the best that I can right now. I can’t expect to be as good as my year 15 counterparts, but I can do what’s right for me and my students.
But, rather than focusing on what I could be doing better, I will focus on my “jolies choses” from this school year.
- My students are progressing in their proficiency; look at what my students wrote after just one short semester (and only one week on the topic being explained!) I love it! (PS add memes to your assessments. Your students will thank you for it.)
- Technology has pushed my instruction so much this year; I feel especially better about having my Ss listen at their own pace through the use of tools like EdPuzzle! I’m definitely getting better about including visuals with these audios!
- THE DECEMBER PROMPTS OF THE RESA ARE OVER. If you’ve never heard of this, thank goodness. It’s a crazy program the state of Ohio implemented to torture young teachers and make sure that we’re not terrible at our jobs. Check.
- Using I can statements coupled with performance based assessments has been amazing. It’s a wonder what your students can do when they’ve been prepared for a task!
- Standards based grading. I love it. Trying to decide if I can mix this with Proficiency-based grading or if they’re basically the same.
- I love middle school students. I thought I was one of those “high school only” teachers, but man. These kids tug at my heartstrings and make me laugh more than I ever expected.
Goals for the break:
- Look into starting Real World Homework options w/ students.
- Redo Bethanie’s big boy sheet
- Plan for after break. Just a little.
- Play through an entire video game with my husband.
- Spend at least 4 days unplugged from my phone and my computer.
- Read at least two books. It’s time for my yearly re-read of Pride and Prejudice, at the very least.
- Laugh uncontrollably.
- Rest and relax (I don’t relax well. I am always go-go-go.)
- Love on my family and friends. #extrovertsloveholidays
Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope that that you enjoy whatever celebrations await you this season. I’ll see you next year!