Next Year Changes
This is about the time in every school year that I realize all the things that I did wrong. All the things that I want to change. In the past I would start implementing those changes now in April, more to just prove to myself that I can do it better and less to actually facilitate real change in the classroom. Unfortunately, this is the honest truth with me and pedagogy sometimes. I find myself wanting to prove that I can tweak pedagogy, rather than just sit tight and enjoy the consistent flow that has already been created with my students this year. All years are different, and I hope that one day I'll be able to just sit with that and enjoy it.
As for now, I've started keeping track of all of the changes I'm going to make for next year rather than simply implementing them in a haphazard and inconsistent manner. Getting them of my "pedagogical chest" and into a place where I can reference over the summer when planning next year's curriculum seems to have added a calming sense to my obsessive-compulsive teaching disorder." Below are a few screenshots from my "next year changes" notepad:
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