The beginning of a school year always feels so full of promise! I love:
- Getting my new notebooks, calendars, markers, etc. all organized
- Catching up with colleagues and students after the summer break
- Meeting and getting to know new members of our school community
- Setting up long-term plans for my classes (I always love a good plan!)
- Believing that this year I will exercise and eat healthily enough
- Everything seems possible.
Upon my return to school though, we discovered that there was a leak in the roof over my office and we had to move out while everything got re-plastered. So, until very recently, I felt a bit “homeless” and then spent hours cleaning plaster dust out of every nook and cranny and sorting through over 20 years worth of teacher materials.
School continued on, and for the first time, I felt a little overwhelmed with it all… So, being a planner and a list-maker, I documented all the major projects I am currently involved in at school and I was a little shocked at how long it was!
- Planning, teaching and assessing Technology and Design classes for SK-Grade 5
- Supporting teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms
- Investigating links between well-being and digital distraction
- Supporting a colleague who is investigating assessment of MYP Approaches to Learning
- Determining if we should maintain or change our Learning Management System next year
- Participating in a Pathfinder Project as part of our Master Plan to renovate the teaching and learning spaces on campus
- Planning and pitching a cross-grade learning STREAM event for the Spring (science, technology, research, engineering, art and math)
- Choreographing the school musical and supporting the backstage crew
- Participating in my PLNs (#PYPchat and #Cohort21)
- Completing some online “upskilling” to better understand all the changes to the IB PYP programme we teach at our school
- Never mind that virtually all the Administrators in our school are new to their roles this year so knowing who to go to for what and establishing new processes has taken some time
It has been a discombobulating fall!
Then the season of goal-setting arrived… I always struggle with this. It’s not that I don’t have goals, it’s just that I don’t always have my goals clarified on a specific day at a given time. There are SO MANY things that I would like to work on this year – some big – some small, some within my job description – many outside of it, some important to students and the institution – others important only to me. Figuring out what I want to focus on for Cohort21 Season 7 has been a timely process to go through.
After the first #Cohort21 Face-to-Face meeting, I realized that I wanted to focus either on:
Student Learning – maybe something about developing student agency, resilience, or empathy, addressing distractibility or seeking/ applying feedback
Teacher Collaboration – how might we really collaborate and approach teaching as a team as opposed to collegial and co-operative silos?
Each of these appeal to my personal interests and would help me to achieve other goals and projects at school: win-win!
Now I just need to decide and move ahead with interviewing some students or colleagues…