As I’m getting into the nitty gritty of my planning for this fall (TWO WEEKS TO GO AH!), I’m starting to think about what student outcomes I want this year. I already reflected on last year and revisited my teacher “why.” Before I think about what I envision for myself professionally this year, I want to decide what to prioritize for my students.
I want to think of outcomes for students in each of my different classes. It should be more than just what they’ll learn, but how they feel and think.
ALGEBRA 1 STUDENT OUTCOMES
- feel confidence in class
- be set up to succeed in Geometry and Algebra 2
- develop problem-solving skills
PHYSICS STUDENT OUTCOMES
- continually question and investigate the world around them
- develop a physical intuition
PROGRAMMING STUDENT OUTCOMES
- develop proficiency in Python
- approach problems from several different angles
- plan their path before executing it
This is what helps me backwards plan and keep my priorities top of mind. Of course, I may change this focus as the year goes on or depending on what my students want and need (ask them!). But I like to think of these outcomes as a bare-minimum ideal (seems like an oxymoron, right?).
Always setting goals,