I’m excited to be linking up with Julie from Faulkner’s Fast Five, and Lauralee from The Language Arts Classroom, as well as many other awesome educators. I’m mostly excited about the topic: sailing into summer. I thought it would never come this year, but I should have had more faith. The sun is shining and the trees and flowers are blooming. And my students are driving me crazy, because they’ve been stricken with spring fever and senioritis. But that’s ok, because I have spring fever too, and I’m dreaming about spending the summer reading books on the beach.
One thing I want to do again next year: I want to continue to explore the use of formative assessment to drive the instruction and learning in my classroom. I used to think that high school students would not do assignments that didn’t count for marks, but I have been pleasantly surprised to find that not only will they do them, but they will also ask for them. They love the risk-free nature of formative assessment, and I love to see their willingness to try new things when the fear of losing marks is removed.