Today, my 5th graders culminated. (though we still do have a week left of school...which is a discussion for another day...) As the door on this year closes, I am going to *partially* open the next one as I join in on my dear friend Kim from Joy in 6th Grade's first ever linky party....What I Will Do Differently Next Year (though I am a tad bit late on this. Sorry!)
2. Focus on typing. We are lucky enough to have a computer lab at my school. When we go in, sometimes the students practice typing, sometimes they don't. Next year, they will start every.single.time with our typing program. Why you ask? Because Common Core is on the horizon and those Common Core assessments (ie: the BIG TEST) will be taken on the computer. If the students get hung up on the typing part, they won't be focused on the actual information they know. I don't want the typing to hinder them. So we will practice.
3. Slow Down. I feel like I was always rushing. I just want my kids to "be done" so we can move on to the next thing. At times, I feel like I did sacrifice some more in-depth learning because of the constant go. So next year, we will be doing a bit more "yellow light" in my room.
4. Spiral Language Arts. I do it in math and LOVE LOVE LOVE the results. Now it is time to work on Language Arts. My teaching partners have come up with some good things to do as morning work (that I will share with you sometime this summer) and I want to add in a homework component....ala the Spiral Math homework. I think it will keep me more focused and *hopefully* have the same result as the math. So that is my homework this summer....Spiral Language Arts Homework and Quizzes ;)
OK...that is enough planning for my brain today. What do you plan to do as this year draws to a close in preparation for next year?