There is much that I can say, in defense of my paltry attempt at maintaining this blog of late. needless to say, if you are an educator, you will most probably nod in agreement as you read the following list. Lack of time, ever growing to do list to complete within an ever shrinking period of time, I discovered Google+, spending more time on ensuring all departmental admin was up to date, reading Aus Curriculum 7-10,English (draft syllabus) and yes, taming. The elusive to do list.
At present I have stopped marking trial HSC examination responses tonight. My brain does not want to read about belonging or otherwise.
The greatest tension is trying to find a balance between between managing expectations. Largely my own expectations are what need to be balanced with what can realistically be achieved. I am unashamedly a goal setter. I find that it gives focus and purpose. For instance, I was determined to focus on refining assessment, establishing meaningful conversations and pd opportunities for my department around assessment and I think over the past four years, this has been achieved. The quality of the assessment and feedback has improved and our department is indeed seeing the benefits. our students are certainly challenged by the open ended nature and pbl nature of the tasks.
As a department we have worked hard to integrate technology in the classroom in a meaningful manner. This has involved a rethink of pedagogy and adapting our pedagogy to ensure that the experiences offered in the classroom, really engage students in their learning. I am pleased with our efforts.
I have a lot more on my list of goals, but maintaining this blog is certainly a priority. Blogging means that I am able to reflect on teaching, learning, pedagogy and everything else that influences my working life.
I must say that I’ve been reading many wonderful blog posts out there and it is always heartening to read the thoughts of other teachers and educators.