Which of the 7Cs will you work on this year? Why?
I will be focusing on Challenge and Consolidation this year. After looking at my results from the Tripod Survey, these are the two areas that my students have recognized as need the greatest amount of attention.
As a new teacher at ISB, I have spent the beginning months of this school year trying to get a grasp of the ebb and flow of Middle School PE and how my philosophies and style of instruction fit in. While I would like to honor the path that has been paved for me, I am eager to blaze my own path within the confines of the chosen curriculum. When the results of the Tripod Survey came out, I was not surprised that Challenge and Consolidation were not among my strongest, according to my students. They were areas that I had personally acknowledged as well. I am ready to infuse my own teaching style and to put a personal touch on the delivery of content, in an attempt to increase my student’s consolidation of concepts we cover in every class.
Specifically, I will introduce a Big Idea at the beginning of a unit and review it every class. Students will become experts in using academic vocabulary they are introduced to throughout a particular unit. In each lesson, a question(s) will be presented for the students to answer at the end of class. The answer to these questions will help the students speak to the Big Idea and more specifically, speak to their progress throughout the unit; How were you successful in this unit? What were some challenges you faced? How did you overcome these challenges? If you weren’t able to overcome your challenges, what work do you still need to do?
I would also like to infuse my lessons with technology. I am mindful that students need to be as active as possible; however, it is essential that they are provided opportunities to consolidate and demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. Quick exit tickets can be completed at the end of class, while longer more in-depth responses can be created and polished at home. While it is not specifically one of the 7 C’s, I would like to add up-skilling my Office 365 abilities. This is a new system and in order to be able to create meaningful assessments for my students, I need to shift gears away from Google.
With Challenge and Consolidate as my focus for my professional development this year, I expect my students to make deeper connections between concepts, skills and ideas they previously learned. I would like my students to explain why they think what they think using academic vocabulary specific to the unit they are studying.