Reflections on School Year 2006-2007 (Classroom 1.5)

As we whhskusberap up an amazing year it is time to start reflecting upon all that went on. I would like to say that I did everything right and that all of my students were served equally by my curriculum and teaching style, but I know that I can always differentiate better, create more engaging learning environments, and foster growth for a greater number of my students.

With this in mind, I would like to take a critical look at everything that we learned throughout the year and see what was essential, what is nonessential, and what is missing. I would also like to discuss the perceptions and observations that students have about their own learning.

Without too much more exposition, lets look at what actually happened this year:

The Lesson Planning Blog:

Please take a look back at all of the things that your core did. Use the search field in order to find certain things that we did (or did not) cover. You can also use the calendar in order to pinpoint a month/week/day that you think was particularly important. Use these key elements in order to discuss the questions on the Discussion page.

21st century Literacy Skills Explicitly Taught:

  1. Collaboration
  2. Aggregation and Research
  3. Conversation
  4. Content/Source Analysis
  5. Reading and Analysis of multi-media texts
  6. Writing multi-media texts

Traditional Literacy Skills Explicitly Taught:

  1. Writing for a purpose and audience
  2. Reading and Analysis of traditional texts

Traditional Literacy Skills Not Explicitly Taught:

  1. Traditional grammar (Sentence structure, Parts of Speech, Comma Placement, etc.)
  2. Figurative Language (Simile, Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, etc.)