Start: I really like how @druinok has successfully worked the MC Mondays and Flashback Friday’s into her weekly routine. Both of these ideas feel like something I can do with some level success. They incorporate the quiz often to address frequent opportunities for retrieval as well as reviewing old topics/skills.
I want to start using more written reflection for student learning as well. I used to be more intentional with this. Hold me accountable someone!!! Ask me about it later in the semester to make sure I’m doing it!
Stop: Worrying about little details that won’t matter… I need to focus on enjoying my students, laughing more in class and providing opportunities for my students to think and enjoy learning in our classroom.
Continue: Using my student organizer which helps me keep integrity toward our department’s common curriculum and providing students with a structure to assess their own learning…
But also be okay and confident with using ideas I know engage students like 3-ACTS, various problem solving, WODB.ca, visualpatterns.org, Estimation180.com, data collection tasks.
I need to stop trying to go by the book, if I have an “0ld task” that works, then I should use it. I spent many, many hours years ago aligning our units with a colleague when CCSS first made its debut. It was quality work, we invested a lot of effort into them and and I plan to pull those out and continue using them. This particular unit felt very contrived and forced. Its okay if you need a textbook to guide your planning – I’m not knocking it if that’s the case, but for me, I want the flow of the unit to feel more natural, intuitive for my students.