The second half of the 2019-2020 school year was unlike anything any of us have ever experienced before. To say it was a steep learning curve would be an understatement. To say that it was fun would be a lie. It was stressful, exhausting, and traumatic, for probably every teacher and student and parent on the planet.
But we got through it. We survived. And most of us are back again for another round of adventure. We really don’t know what this coming school year will bring, but we’re much better prepared than we were in February. We’ve got each other to lean on. The kids have shown their resilience. And we’re hopefully going to all pull together to make this year as good as it can be, no matter what happens.
I was super impressed with my Humanities team last semester and how well we worked together for the benefit of ALL of the sixth graders. We made massive adjustments to the curriculum and made care and personalized learning at the heart of all of our decisions. We checked in with kids regularly, provided consistent feedback, communicated with parents and with each other, and built each other up when we were feeling down. It’s really hard to talk about my own strengths over the last semester without recognizing the other people that were involved in that success. Everything that went well in my own classes went well thanks to Krista, Greg, Julie, Sisu, Tony, Jess, and others who collaborated constantly over 19 stressful weeks.
So what do I hope for this coming year? I hope to collaborate just as well with my new team. Some of our members have moved on, but I hope that Grade 6 Humanities will be just as strong this year as we were in the latter half of last year. I anticipate that my tech skills will continue to grow. I look forward to more face-to-face time with my students. I worry about building relationships at the start of the year without physically being present, but I will be as dedicated to building those relationships as I always am. My 5Cs goal this year will be Captivate. I really want to make sure that I am working to engage the kids as much as possible, through a combination of screencasts, live lessons, full class and small group discussions, games, activities, and one-on-one conferring. I will reach out to my team, my CAL Jess, and Krista, our instructional coach, for ideas and inspiration that will better help me reach this goal.
As nervous as I am for the upcoming school year, I am also eager to meet my new kiddos and get started. I just can’t wait to be back there and in the room with them!