After reading at least a dozen books these past few months and taking many pages of notes, it is finally time to start turning all these ideas into a coherent class. Actually, I have been trying to make sense of all this for months. The ideas get rearranged and copy/pasted again and again, slowly gaining more order.
What has finally helped me to make some progress is inventing a new elements for my classroom. Here is one that solves many problems:
The giant folder upon which my roster and notes will be mounted. That can store all the stuff I want to keep track of for each class. It’ll take up my table space, but what I was doing last year was NOT working.
The other huge help has been a to realize that I need to start with what a student will be seeing/thinking/saying/realizing and designing the class to make that come true. With that in mind, tonight I was able to come up with a better set of categories that all these endless ideas can be sorted into. Its a lot of categories!
Routines and the basics
Project of the day
Instant feedback/delayed feedback
Everyday reminders to me
Big Class display
Hooks for Class
I am wearing or attending
Nearby handouts, packets,
Daily Flow of things
Signs and signals on walls
Documents that are stored in envelope
Artifacts that embody purpose and Identity
Skills of proficiency – what to do:
What an exciting Saturday night!