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Who’da thunk it?  Another year has passed us by, and summer vacation is here. 

I’ve spent the last half hour or so looking back over my oft-neglected blog and have been surprised to see the topics that have come and gone.

  • A lot on technology.  That’s an eyebrow raiser, because for me and my classroom, technology has come a long way toward becoming a supporting element of what we do; that can be contrasted with past years when is was something we did as a standalone activity.
  •  A bit of blathering about standardized testing.  I think I’ve just been beaten down about that one–I don’t worry about it nearly as much as I should.  I think I even slept through the night a few times during this year’s testing cycle.  To clarify, I’m comfortable with a belief that I constructed a while back: if I’m teaching what I need to teach, testing sort of takes care of itself.  There are a few exceptions with regard to students who don’t test well, but that’s a whole different topic.
  • Math.  Can’t get enough math.  I truly enjoy teaching it, and look forward to doing it even better next year.
  • Writing.  I’m looking forward to taking another shot at it in a few months.  Last year wasn’t bad, but this year will be even better.  I have settled one thing in my mind: in order to teach writing, I need to model it.  I know that lots of folks would say, “Duh,” but, hey, at least I now know from experience.
  • A mention or two of the term “Digital Native.”  That’s a laugh, as well.  …just my opinion.  Facebook does not a student capable of using technology make.
  • School 2.0.  That term’s fallen by the wayside.
  • A few poems.  Good stuff.
  • Pictures of my dogs who have gone on to where all good dogs go.
  • Notes from a few reading and writing conferences.  Good things, those conferences.

What topics do I anticipate looking at this summer?  Environmental education and writing are two that come to mind. “Scope and Sequence” is another.  I’ve never been able to “reuse” lesson plans, but think that it’s time to begin to formalize a scope and sequence that can be used as a basis for future learning.  I have one every year, of course, but am ready to settle on something that doesn’t involve reinventing the wheel every year.

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