I’ve moved to a new middle school this year. I tell my sixth-grade students that I’m just like them; I have no idea where the bathrooms are either. It’s a fresh start for me, so I need to step back and really reflect.
With technology constantly changing, I always need to look at my curriculum and decide if what I’m teaching is still relevant for today’s students. Some lessons I’ve taught for years, like how to format paragraphs and create tabs, but most lessons should change every year. I didn’t know what coding was three years ago, and now it’s a vital part of my curriculum.
With my fresh start in a new school, I think it’s time to turn all of my lessons upside down. It will be a lot of work, but I believe I need to work from a growth mindset and focus on what’s just out of my reach. If nothing else, I’m modeling for my students what it’s like to be constantly learning.
I will make my share of mistakes, but I think it’s time for some real growth.
Stand back, this should get ugly.