As the end of the 2010-11 school year fast approaches, I find myself creating my annual "To Do - Next Year" list. And as a start mine, I am interested to know what is on yours. What are some things that you will do differently next year? What did you try this year that failed? That succeeded?
Please share your experiences in the comments below.
Areas on which to improve:
Trust: I work at a small and very trusting school that gives students more freedom than a lot of other schools. I had a large amount of yearbook money stolen this year, so will be much more vigilant and cautious about lending my keys and allowing students in my room unsupervised.
Understanding: I want to be more understanding of my students' circumstances and skill levels. I want to teach from a place of love rather than frustration.
Areas in which I excelled
College: I took students on college tours, advised students throughout their college selection process, helped students understand their financial aid packages, and started College Connection LA, a local resource for kids about college, scholarships, summer programs...