Having started the year with some great ideas (I thought they were great, anyway), and found the day to day of September to be quite busy, I have had to adjust my plans around this upcoming school year. The transition from summer holidays to school, for many students and adults, can be difficult, especially when you consider the movement from freedom during the day and the confines of the school day. Many students need a lot of support during this time to help guide them back into the open mindset of learning. September, for me, has been trying to find ways to support these vulnerable students. This is obviously an important task, but it has prevented me from completely my daily 5 plan (visiting five classrooms each day). And so, I have adjusted this to the weekly 25 (it’s still the same number of visits, it just gives me more flexibility during the week).
Last week, I was able to visit about 20 classrooms. I watched students and teachers in the process of learning and teaching. I saw some great things, which spurred my next goal to create an augmented reality aura for our next parent/teacher night.
I wasn’t able to see all the classrooms I wanted, but it has given me a good perspective of the school and what is happening throughout the building. I still need to visit a few more science and tech ed classes and then the PE and music classes. Hopefully, after this week, I will have visited every classroom. I am using the ASCD Whole Child resource: Engaging teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs.