It is the beginning of January and here in Australia we are part way through our summer break. For the past few weeks I have had a deliberate time away from all things connected with teaching, blogging and education. I have rarely checked Twitter, I have not been pinning on Pinterest and I have read novels instead of educational texts. I have spent time with my family and friends instead of my students. Vital time, as by the end of last term, I was tired, run down and ready for a break. Now though, I feel refreshed and ready to face the new year.
My holidays are not over yet though as next weekend I am off on a two week family holiday with no WiFi!. So this week I have been preparing myself both mentally and physically for the year ahead. To start with I went into my classroom for an extended meeting with my teaching buddy. We discussed our program, our desires, our needs and our students. We then divided up just a few of the many tasks that need to be done before term starts. I moved the students’ desks into new positions, I put up some posters and spent the next two days writing some of my maths program and planning a new English unit. As I did this I realised that it felt good to be back, It felt right to be planning, to be preparing and to be thinking about the year ahead. I have found some new websites already such as Biblionasium to record my students reading. As I get excited about the possibilities, I know that I am ready for the excitement of the classroom, the daily dramas and the challenges of year 6 again. To conclude my holidays I have several books that I want to read including for the second time Making Thinking Visible the routines of which I intend to use in my classroom. I have more Adobe Presenter movies I want to make and many blog posts I want to read. Luckily I still have some time left.
I hope that next year my classroom will be full of laughter and fun. I hope my students will be ready to work hard, to leave their comfort zones and to take up challenges. I hope that I teach them well, that I explain when needed and stand back and let them learn when needed. I hope that Teachmeets will continue to flourish and grow all around Australia, so that more teachers can learn the power that comes from having a Personal Learning Network. I hope that more teachers find out that they can connect, learn and share via social networking sites such as Twitter and Pinterest. I hope that more teachers take up blogging, as the best possible means of reflecting on best practice.
I hope that you had a fabulous holiday break and that you to are ready for the challenges that 2013 will bring. What do you hope for?