After two weeks I find myself in that same anxious place I’m always in at the beginning of the year:
How is it possible that after 4 years it still feels like my first year of teaching?
It’s back to the drawing board in so many ways: new beliefs about grading and homework, new inspiration from Peter Liljedahl, new pursuit of National Board. Most new is my leadership role at school. At my teacher-led school I feel like a leader in every capacity, and rarely have a moment to breathe.
Even more, it’s ever difficult to learn balance with new regimens and responsibilities at home with my family.
A year from today I hope I remember the power of setting norms…the way that students really can end up still hesitant to even try something new in February. It’s difficult now, but I need to remember that it will be worth it when I see my students persevering.
I think this is my official buy-in; I actually believe that my explicit goal for the year is simple and two-fold:
- Elicit as much student thinking as humanly possible.
- Facilitate productive struggle such that it happily becomes the norm.
I hope I can thank myself by February.