Reflective Teaching Challenge Day 12 – Vision

Day 12 – @TeachThough 30 day reflective teaching blog challenge 

How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?

Five years from now I envision three main changes in my teaching.

First: Move towards a student run classroom: I feel the students need to take ownership of learning. As a teacher I need to clear tell them where they need to go, offer example paths to take to get there and then get out of the way. I have been slowly but surely adding more student voice to my classroom so that they can direct the class the way they want it to run.

Second; A blended approach: As technology becomes more readily available for my students, I want to use it to allow students to work at their own pace. A blended approach allows for a teacher to spend more time addressing student needs and less time managing students who struggle to keep up or who are bored by a slower pace. Research says the blended approach is the best way for our students to learn.

Third: More cross-cutting ideas: The Next Gen Science Standards focus on cross cutting ideas that allow our students to make connections to the curriculum. I want my students to see the relevance of their education. They aren’t learning just to learn facts so they can win “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grade!” I hope the government respects the educational process reduces the number for standards and focuses on making standards connect to life. I hope my science class will become a STEAM class full of connections!