What an incredible few weeks it has been. A school year of four preps, among other things, has finally caught up to me. Yes, four preps. Here are the things that having running around in my head over the last several weeks.
1. Student questions. When I get a lot of them, I’m pleased because I know my students mind’s are stimulated. But how to handle all those questions can be a challenge at times. What about when there are no questions?
2. Checking for student understanding during the lesson and adjusting on the fly. Basing the direction of my lesson on their level of mastery on any given day.
3. Relations with administrators, new and old. I’m learning a great deal about this dynamic and it’s impact on me and the overall school community.
4. Listening is a very underrated skill.
5. Including the proper scaffolding into each lesson. Specifically, having multiple entry points for students at the onset of learning.
6. After an assessment, the value of data analysis. Numbers never lie. Also, how structured analysis (time and protocol) can really help reveal the story behind the numbers.
7. Related to above: point biserial.
8. Always remember that kids are kids. Relate to them, laugh with them, have fun. They’ll enjoy your lessons a lot more – and work harder for you too.
9. I let one of my students borrow one of my ties to wear at his interview with Harvard University. Very cool. Awesome kid.
10. How much my use of Desmos has increased. I’m literally using it every day.
11. Reflect as much as possible. You’ll grow in ways that you otherwise cannot. Even just 10-15 minutes of concentrated reflection is substantial.