So, I’ve been thinking about another new school year idea. I know I already posted a list of new year ideas and plans. As I also mentioned just recently, my first thoughts aren’t always were I end up.
I’m definitely still on board with the digital portfolio business and the epals (I’ve made contact with a teacher on Crete), and I’m seriously making progress on how to work in some significant time for individual projects (maybe even blogging since I won a raffle for a ton of upgraded blogs with Edublogs-yet another reason to attend conferences).
My newest idea relates to this blog. I feel it is more part of a way I want to continue working and interacting than it was in the past. And, I know that once school starts, in a few short weeks, it’s more than likely that I will not have quite as much time as I do now. My thought is to have a “regular feature” as it were on the blog so that at least an idea for a post is ready on a regular basis. I’m thinking that a “things overheard in 5th grade” might be an interesting weekly-ish post.
For those of you who do not spend so many of your waking hours with 5th graders, it could be eye-opening, if not earth-shattering. For those more familiar with 5th graders, I’m sure you will recognize some of your students. For me, I think it will serve as an interesting way to think about who I am hearing, who I am listening to, and who is not being heard.
Of course, I try to make sure everyone gets a turn to be heard. I believe I am very aware of making sure boys’ and girls’ voices are equitably represented. I try to keep in mind racial, religious, etc differences in the voices of the room as well. But, how well do I actually do this? And what does all this talk add up to anyway?
My plan is this:
- I will keep notes on interesting things I hear in class during the week
- Once a week, or so, I’ll post some highlights or lowlights as the case may be.
- I will of course not use names or any identifying information (beyond boy or girl).
- Over the course of the year I collect data so that it’s almost like an action research project.
My hopes and dreams for this little project are these:
- I have totally interesting students who give me vast amounts of scintillating material.
- I manage to write some of it down on a somewhat regular basis.
- I am able to think more about my own reactions to and interactions with my students.
- I am able to analyze the development of our classroom culture.
- I can keep up with this and have at the end of the year a picture in words of the year (wordle might be interesting here).
I’m excited already. Anyone else interested?