I've been looking forward to answering today's Reflective Teacher Blog Challenge prompt. TeachThought asks:
"How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years?"
I'm not sure I would have had a good answer to this question before this past summer.
Now, though, I see two major changes in the next five years.
I can see flipping all my classes, my collaborative pre-algebra classes as well as my Algebra 1 classes. Fewer of my pre-algebra students have the access of most of my algebra students, and they have less motivation to do work of any kind outside of class, but I am beginning to brainstorm ideas for how to make some sort of flipping work for them. I don't know if it will happen this year - flipping Algebra 1 is taking a LOT of time - but I can definitely see being ready to try something next school year.
The second change I see is a move to standards-based grading. I think this would be process that would take a few years to fully implement. I've made a start with my new retake/redo policy this year, and I can see the way I grade and the way students measure success in my class continuing to transform over time.
Many things have changed since I began my teaching career 21 years ago. I am a different teacher than I was 21 years ago (heck, I'm a different teacher than I was last year!). I hope I never grow resistant to change and continue to experience lots of metamorphosis as I enter the latter part of my years as a teacher.