I used to think of myself as a pretty good teacher. I still think I did ok, especially with the knowledge I had. Regardless, there are things I would definitely do differently if I were to ever go back. My mindset would be different. I’m not sure I’d be a very popular teacher with other teachers or my administrator, and I’m not sure how long I could get away with teaching this way. It would be fine in some states, but not others. However, these are some things I think I would change about what I did and the way I would abandon things I previously felt very strongly about.
-I would use the framework more than released-test questions
-I would write tests differently
-I would plan more project-based learning
-I would seek ways to authentically include the culture and backgrounds of my students into my classroom
-I would use social media for professional development even more than I did
-I wouldn’t say “that’s too hard for my kids”
-I wouldn’t be afraid to just drop standards from my pacing guide
-I would continue to use and embrace standards-based grading. This, among a few other things along the way, I think I got right.
If I were to do these things, I’m not sure how long I would last. I would be working A LOT harder than I did before, and I would probably no longer hold to the opinion I have always held that I was well-paid for my work…but that’s a whole other blog post.
This is also a pretty short list. The more I learn in grad school, the more I’m sure I’ll re-shape my ideas about teaching and education. I’m processing so much these days. There’s just not enough time in the day for it all.