So summer’s almost over and that 10 inch pile of files that you precariously balanced on the corner of your desk at the end of June hasn’t been touched. You’ve gone for coffee with your friends and colleagues and caught up with people you don’t get to regularly see during the school year.
Now you sit there with your 12oz Almond Latte, the white leafy tendrils of the white microfoam pattern ebbing into your mouth as you sit at the local coffee shop watching the summery world saunter by and you think “OMG I have to prepare for school.” You know very well that you should have filed those lessons and handouts away in late June, but you are forgiven because ’twas a rough year what with Grad studies, work and the kiddies.
You’re thinking about the start of the new school year now and you want to create even better units and projects than last year’s. You want to blow those kids out of the water with awesome units and engaging lessons. You want them to become self-regulated learners passionately engaged in their own inquiry and you’re going to keep working on your inquiry too, dagnabbit. Oh, and you would like it wouldn’t you, if every single kid in every one of your English classes forgets to check their smartphones in your class because they’re so engaged every single minute of the 70 minutes they’re with you; mouth agape, minds wide-open, challenging, inquiring, wondering; answering, thinking: this is what I’m learning; I know how I’m doing; I know where to go next and how to get there.
Well, at least that’s the plan.