Setting my 2014-15 GPS

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Based on "Teach Like a Pirate" challenge (a book I have not read... yet) and a video here:

The gist of the idea is that you have to know where you are and where you want to go for a GPS to be useful.  Right now, I am anticipating and hopeful.  I realized a few days ago that summers feel odd because I don't have students.  I am like a Mama Duck walking around without ducklings.  It is a good thing, but it is an odd feeling. I am preparing for people I don't know; I can't fully prepare. So, I am anxious to meet my new classes in a few weeks!

My words for this year. Where I want to arrive at next June.  What I want my students to say about me and their time in my classroom.

1. Approachable.  

This speaks to the relationships I will build and the time I will spend listening and reacting in kindness.

2. Smart.  

This speaks to the academic level that will be expected and presented in my class. I am not afraid to say "I'm not sure" or "Let's ask Mr. Google" but that isn't a measure of intelligence.  Perseverance and high level thinking are. I want them to see it in me and build it in themselves.

3.Interesting. 

This speaks to the emotional climate in an academic way. Some would say "fun" or "not boring" but those aren't goals for me.  Interest and curiosity are what I want to develop.

4. Empowering. 

 This speaks to the power in the classroom.  Obviously, I am the party responsible for having control in the classroom, and I take that seriously, but I want my students to feel they are in the drivers seat in their lives and their learning. I can lead my kids to the dance floor, but I can't make them dance.

I am leaving my 5th spot open for right now... I know it will hit me when I least expect it.