At the beginning of the year, I set a number of goals for myself, one of which was to reflect on said goals every two months. My reflective remarks are in italics below.
Along with my planning team, I will write an 11th grade Global History curriculum, that Humanities department chairs and school administrators agree is a model for how Humanities classes should be taught at Bronx Lab because they will support students in producing excellent authentic, project-based assessment work that serve as formative assessments towards high Regents achievement and college-readiness.
I think we’re off to a great start in writing an amazing curriculum. It’s the best work I’ve ever done. Our first unit and project were strong successes, and our current unit on Belief Systems is going very well. In addition to doing great project work, my students this year have done much better on quizes, tests, and essays than in years past, giving a strong indication that they are on the road to Regents success.
Each of the six Global History projects done this year will meet at least 8 of the 9 criteria for Project Based Learning from the Buck Institute for Education.
Each of our first two projects hit all 9 criteria.
Students will experience at least one historical simulation, participate in at least one Socratic Seminar, and write at least one essay in each unit.
All three happened in the first unit, and have or will happen in the second unit.
By the end of the year, every social studies course will have at least four revised, authentic, project-based assessment that has received constructive criticism from other members of the Social Studies Department. These projects will assess students on at least 75% of the OAH National History Standards that the department agreed to use last year.
We have not yet started work towards this goal. Our focus has shifted towards the unit plans that serve as the foundation for these projects, so I will have to pick up slack on this goal in the near future.
100% of my new advisees will either graduate or earn at least ten credits by June.
Progress reports show that all of my advisees are on track to graduate in June. I have one advisee who is a concern because of Regents, and I hope to help him with this in the coming months.
Personal / Professional Development
At least once per week, I will write and publish a reflective piece of writing to assess in my professional practice things that worked well, things that need to improve, and/or ideas for the future.
While I have maintained my once a week blogging goal, most of my pieces this year have focused on larger educational issues and less on my own practice. I need to do a better job of being a reflective partitioner in this space.
Every two months, I will write and publish a self-evaluation of how I am doing on these goals.