I have been trying to write down my teaching reflections more this year. I was really good at the beginning of the year, then basically stopped. I’m getting back in to it a little. It’s really helping me to write things down, and I’m really starting to make some connections I don’t think I otherwise would. Today, as I was writing, I was planning my next writing unit. I’m actually taking this one and splitting it into two smaller pieces. I like that I did this because I feel like I can hopefully fix some of the things I am noticing I need to change soon, instead of having to wait until next time.
Something that is really standing out to me is the idea of teaching vs. assigning. I’m noticing that a lot of teachers, including myself, tend to assign instead of teach. I know I’m getting better at moving more towards actual teaching, but there is always so much more I can do. I’m excited to start prepping for the second half of this unit. I feel like it will be a lot more work, because I’m not just reading from a script, but I feel like I have a lot more fun and my kids get so much more when I go this “new” way.