The month of May brings all sorts of feelings for me. Not only is the month of May my birthday month, but it is also the birthday month of my book, TRANSFORM- Techy Notes to Make Learning Sticky. It seems hard to believe that my book will be two years old on May 20th. (Yes, that is my birthday, so you can send bday wishes to me too.) In addition to all of that excitement, it is also the month where we do a lot of state testing. My everyday schedule changes and I spend the majority of my time helping with that. It is not my favorite thing to do, but I remember that doing my job helps the educators and students at my school to make this experience go smoother.
Being my birthday month, I always reflect on the year I am leaving behind- what should I renew and the year to come- what do I need to reboot? But birthdays aren't the only time we can do this type of work. We can always take time to reassess where we are at. How can you take time to engage in reflection? What should you renew? What do you need to reboot?
Reviewing what are the ABCs of Transforming Learning are-
Two weeks ago, I shared a blog post called Q = Question and Analyze How You Communicate with Families. As we began the last quarter of the school year, this was a great time to consider and reflect on practices that your school or classroom community uses to connect and communicate with families. It can help us see what we should adopt, adapt and abandon when it comes to communicating with our families.
This week, we will focus on R = Renew and Reboot Student Engagement. This time of the year as we hit the final stretch of the year, it can be challenging not get complacent and just call it in. After all, you have prepared your students for any state testing, taught your curriculum and before you know it, it will be summer break. This week's blog post takes a different approach. What if we looked at this time as an opportunity- a time to try new things to renew and reboot student engagement. Maybe pilot something new.