- This summer I tossed the textbook and replaced it with units that I have written centered on themes and can-dos. The students focus on language function and developing global mindset-asking questions and exploring their answers using the language. It rocks. The children like it and so do I.
- The students are slowly building bridges with children from other parts of the world via pen pals. I'd like to add more by using Mystery Skype and collaborating on projects virtually.
- In August I vowed to grade less and plan more-so I gave up homework. As we start 2016, the children are still making progress and I feel freer than ever.
- I want to create more IPAs. I think I'm assessing the three modes separately too much, and I'm working to find the best way to do that with 9-10 year olds.
By the way, I am still aiming to convert the clothes hanger back into a treadmill-it's a whole new year, after all.