Goals for 2018-19

On Wednesday, I shared three successes from the school year. Although I had a great year, there are definitely some areas where I want to improve.  Today I’d like to share three goals I have for the next school year and what I’m planning to do this summer to get ready to tackle them.

Three things I plan to do to make the next school year even better.

I know goals are supposed to be very specific, and eventually I will get my three to some sort of SMART format.  However, right now I am just gathering information so I can make some informed decisions about my goals.

So... Here's what I plan to work on in the 2018-19 school year.

I feel confident when it comes to reading and writing conferences with my students, but math conferences are a little different.  I can handle troubleshooting and some extensions, but I want to get better at note taking and asking students questions that push their thinking further.  At the end of the year, I spoke with our coach about this goal and she recommended that I read Conferring with Young Mathematicians at Work by Catherine Fosnot.

An awesome book for conferring with students about math!

I fully trust my coach, and I am very grateful that she lent me a copy of the book to read over the summer.  The two chapters I am most excited about are "Conferring to Support the Development of Proof" (Chapter 8) and "Documenting the Learning" (Chapter 9).  I would love to hear your thoughts if you have read this book.  I am looking forward to sharing what I learn.

We have used behavior clip charts at our school for as long as I can remember.  As times change, so do our methods.  Next year we are doing away with the clip charts and moving toward conscious discipline.  We are a "Leader in Me" school, so we will definitely continue with the wonderful systems we have in place there.  

I wasn't really sure where to start in gathering ideas, so I turned to Pinterest.  I conducted a search and added to my behavior management board.

I was happy to see some strategies, like a calm down space, come up that were already in place in my room.  I don't think there will be any huge changes in classroom management, but I need to be prepared to explain the expectations and natural consequences to the students who are used to using the clip chart.  For now, I'm going to keep pinning.

This year, we were very blessed to have Chromebooks for all of our students in grades 2-5.  Full disclosure, I was a bit unsure of what my second graders would be able to handle as far as the technology goes.  Needless to say, I was very impressed.  

We used the Chromebooks mainly for writing and math.  Our school adopted the Investigations math programs which has almost all of their games available online.  We also used them for listening to books and some short videos, such as BrainpopJr.  Next year, I'm definitely going to incorporate additional digital activities.  I started playing around with creating digital resources, and I'm looking forward to adding them to my store soon.  

Here is one digital sort that I used with my kids this year.  It's pretty simple, but the kids enjoyed it.  I am definitely encouraged to try more.

A free digital proper noun sort!

(This slide is available for download here.  You can edit the words if you wish.)

Those are my big three goals for the year.  I know the school year has just ended, but I like to come up with my goals while the year is still fresh in my mind.

I hope everyone is enjoying their final days with their students or their first days of the summer!

Have a great weekend!


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