As I approach my fifth year of teaching, I came to the realization that I want to develop a theme for the school year. Nothing fancy. Just a thought to bring everything together as I write lessons and plan the day. A guidepost I can use as I reflect upon each school day.
It wasn’t hard for me to decide this year’s theme. I actually think it was in my mind all summer. It just took me a long time to actually physically write it down. Here it is:
Each day, I want a memory for my students to take home. The memory might be for the whole class, a group of students, or even one tiny moment for one student. I want this year to make a difference in their life. Something they will never forget. Some of the moments might be planned by me and others will just be spontaneous.
These moments might be something funny where we all laugh until our belly’s hurt or watching a science video that ‘blows our minds.’ It might be something as simple as having a student smile for the first time that year when I greet him or her at the door or seeing a new student make their first friend after setting up a ‘recess play date.’ A memory might be experiencing something they’ve never seen on a field trip or learning over time that participating in class won’t ever result in hurt feelings (in my room).
This goal isn’t measurable since I can’t check to see if I’m building memories in their brains. However, I want to try my best to set up my classroom in a way that fosters those memory moments and plan daily moments that might build a memory for the class, group, or individual student.
Throughout the year, I plan to document some of those moments on this blog. If you want to follow my classroom journey, subscribe to my blog on the right! Thanks!