Top Ten Lessons Learned This Year:
- Students learn best when they have choice over their reading and writing experiences.
- Many in education seem to value consistency over learning. I try to ignore and avoid those folks, but they’re becoming harder to dodge.
- I’m a better teacher when I look for ways to go beyond the bell schedule and classroom walls.
- My students benefit when I authentically and voluntarily collaborate with teachers on-site and online.
- Starting my own blog, and reading and commenting on other teachers’ blogs makes me a more reflective practitioner.
- Every one of my 136 students is an important human being that I’m grateful for getting to know this year.
- It’s OK to try and fail. It’s also OK to be lucky. It’s not OK to stay stuck.
- After a couple of decades of performance evaluation ratings of “Excellent,” this year our district started a new evaluation process. I’m no longer “Excellent.” Now I’m “Proficient.” This makes me laugh, mostly.
- It’s OK if every student doesn’t learn the same stuff, as long as they’re all learning.
- After 31 years as a classroom teacher, I still love my job.
Cross-posted on English Companion Ning in a slightly different version.