New Year’s Resolutions for the 2014 Classroom

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  1. As educators we will begin to give students more voice in their learning.
  2. Teachers everywhere will make a pledge to teach without students in rows and without standing in front of the class for one month.

  3. We will begin to re-evaluate the “data” we get from multiple choice tests and look to find more formative and imaginative ways to assess learning.

  4. Students will be allowed to connect with other classes, and teachers and administrators will stop  being afraid of YouTube and Twitter. Instead, teach kids how to critically think about these forms of media.

  5. In 2014, Digital Citizenship won’t be simply a discussion about cyberbullying, but rather about teaching students how to be savvy online learners and collaborators.

  6. When using a computer in the classroom, teachers will find more ways to integrate technology other than online research or writing a paper – try a Mystery Skype, Google Helpout, or collaborative reading with Subtext.

  7. Students will begin to house most of their work in digital portfolios. This will help them build and understand the importance of their web presence and allow them to share their learning purposefully with a wider audience.

  8. When designing lessons, teachers will ask themselves, how will this “impact student learning” and how will this get students “ready for their future?”

  9. Educators will stop asking students questions on tests that they can google – and instead ask rich questions that require real critical thinking to answer or solve.

  10. Don’t give students questions to answer  -but allow them to ASK their own questions and creatively find the answers – even the wrong ones.

Bonus:

  1. Please, please stop writing the standards on the board. This is a surefire way to stifle curiosity and hinder creative thinking.
  2. Celebrate failure in the classroom and honor it as an essential part of any learning experience.

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Holly Clark #

Holly lives and works in San Diego, California. She delivers professional development to schools internationally and speaks at conferences about empowering teachers and students with iPads and Google Apps for Education. Contact her at holly@hollyclark.me to have her present or work with your school.

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