Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you had a restful holiday and are looking forward to 2015.
I don’t usually make resolutions, but this year I am. The first is that I have to start exercising more regularly (I know, me and many, many others…). I used to exercise at least three times a week, but this year I got into a rut, and it hasn’t been good. So, I’m making a commitment to myself that I will get off the couch and start moving every day.
My other resolution is a professional one. I’d like to try some new things in my classroom, ones that will cause me to stretch outside my comfort zone. When you have been teaching for over two decades (writing that makes me feel so old!), it is easy to fall into doing what you’ve always done–because it works. It’s all about those ruts, folks. But, just as my pants are getting too tight because of my fitness rut, my lessons are getting tight as well. They just don’t feel good anymore; I’m no longer comfortable, and it’s time to make a change. I know what I am doing now works, mostly, but with what I’ve learned in the last year, I also know that if can be better. I plan to blog about my journey, so you will hear all about my successes and failures!
One of the first things I am going to try is using mentor sentences. I love the idea of showing kids good models, and I always have with writing assignments. But, with mechanics, I have been just using the worksheet–teaching them a grammar rule and then having them correct sentences that contain that error. I’ve been reading a lot about the use of mentor sentences (mostly with younger grades) and am working on some lessons and products for high school students.
So, as you head back to school for the new year, I hope you go back ready to stretch and grow too!
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