I don’t know about you but this academic year has brought more changes and things to try than any other before it. It’s only now, during the early days of the summer break (happy holidays by the way) that we really have time to reflect upon the year in its entirety. I tend to get bored so easily so I think about school probably even more than usual!
With a new curriculum and life after levels, this year has been an incredibly challenging one yet I’m sure most of us have tried to embrace it and see the positives (if there are any!) What I’ve noticed, especially being a twitter lover, is that there are so many new ideas to try in the classroom. I always love trying new things in order to vary the learning of my pupils and also to keep me on my toes. However, I couldn’t help but realise that because there are always so many new things to try (most of them great) that there is never enough time to embed them properly and get rid of what doesn’t work.
Has anyone also noticed that there are so many acronyms these days that it’s hard to remember what stands for what? I’ve just completed my 5th year of teaching, have been given increasing amounts of responsibility, CPD and confidence that I really shouldn’t complain. Though it has got me thinking if whether my ‘try as many things as possible’ has had a greater impact or whether it just makes me feel good because I know I’m trying hard to give my pupils every opportunity to succeed.
One of my aims for the next academic year, despite beginning to develop the immersive, problem based learning approach to learning (which means the way I teach may have to change to some degree) is that I want to limit the amount of ideas I try and use them more consistently in order to get the best out of the children to ensure they are fully engaged yet sufficiently challenged at the same time. It’s always refreshing to bounce new ideas off with my colleagues and show them new things to try from Twitter but I want to be more selective about what I think could work well.
What new initiatives or ideas for pedagogy have you tried or rehashed this year? Which ones have stuck and which have you found to be more sparkle than shine? I’d love to hear from you.