Changes to Adapt for 2013-2014
1. A fuller incorporation of benchmarks and standards into my lesson and assessments.
This may be a bit misleading, so let me clarify: I use the standards and benchmarks while creating my lessons, and I use the language while introducing our lessons as to allow my students an insight into our daily objectives. A search for Othello resources directed me to a final exam where the teacher broke down the test questions not by format-style (multiple choice, True/False, or essay) but by standard.
2. Create more videos for class
This will be part of my Flipped Classroom platform for next year, but I think that students respond positively to the audio/visual combination. I’ve been inspired by other classroom videos and will keep you updated on my progress.
3. Outside of class reading
In the past, I have required students to complete Reading Logs, but they always end up being more of a grade reducer than improvement.
I want to do something that encourages students to read outside of class, but hate the idea that they’re doing so for a grade. I’d love to see them read because of intrinsic motivation, but then again I would not have done additional math problems because it kept my mind sharp or it was “good for me.”
Part of my year-end agenda is a student-answered teacher/class survey. I am eager to hear what my students thought of the class and my instructional style. It’s important for students to feel that they have a voice, and even though it’s anonymous, I hope that they feel like they are being valued. I have my own opinions about what I would like to change for next year, but the students’ opinions will help to solidify those changes.
Mrs. Ferrari & 9th grade English – Performance Survey