As this semester comes to a close, I do what I normally do which is take time to reflect on how I can make the learning process for my students more engaging and meaningful. Though I like predictability and routine, it doesn’t work so well for me in the classroom since I teach the same thing all day long. So when it comes to a new semester with new students, this is when I like to shake things up a bit.
What I liked from this past semester:
- Using Flipboard a public platform for sharing student work
- Using Recap as another means to check for understanding while also helping students to practice speaking skills
- Finding readable primary source materials for The Crusades and then having students turn those into #booksnaps
What I need to work on or change for next semester:
- Put together a reading schedule for students to ensure that all of the required readings are covered earlier in the unit
- Create more opportunities for writing
- Give students more opportunities for mastery learning
Most of these changes will not require a lot of work, but rather revising or tweaking current instructional practices. Though I believe I offer many opportunities for student-centered learning, I could…I must…I will do better.