I have been coming home frustrated this school year and it wasn’t until today that I figured out why. I have fantastic students. I am lucky enough to teach classes that I want and do not have to share a classroom. At first I thought it was the transition back to the block that was getting to me but lessons have been going pretty smooth. Then today as I was reflecting on the day on the drive home I kept coming back to the thoughts I had in my last post: why am I teaching this? Not why am I teaching this topic, but why am I teaching this?
My goal this year was to flip the mindset of my students first (paperless labs using Google docs, focus on inquiry, non-traditional seating, using personal electronic devices every day). Really get them to see my classroom as a different learning environment. While many of the new things I have tried have gone very well, I am in a very boring section of the year without many activities and a lot of notes.
I AM BORED.
I am so disappointed in my teaching because I am not doing the innovative things I want to do because I am just trying to cover curriculum. I need to get back to the flipped classroom. The boring instructional stuff needs to move out of the classroom and our time together need to be more meaningful.
There needs to be a better use of our face to face time.
My favorite section of the year doesn’t start for over a month. Many students are still interested in the class, but I am losing those on the fringes. I can’t skip this information, but there needs to be a modification on how it is presented. My computer is being fixed tomorrow so things are going to change. We need to move forward. The classroom needs to have more voices other than mine. All of the desks are arranged in pods, but I am not doing anything to build collaboration on assignments.
I wanted to hold off on introducing instructional videos until the mindset has been shifted. I don’t know if my students are fully where I want/need them to be, but the focus needs to be moved off me.
Do I stick with my original plan and wait until they are better prepared or do I jump in earlier now that the foundation mostly set?