10 August 2015

10 Questions for Finding Your Classroom Theme

Yesterday I shared about my theme for this school year and reflected on past years. As I was writing that post, I thought it might be helpful to generate a list of reflection questions for processing through what YOUR classroom theme might be if you're feeling uninspired.

  1. What's the most important aspect of your educational philosophy?
  2. What do you MOST want kids to know after leaving your class?
  3. What is your community currently rallying around?
  4. What's the character trait you wish your students had more of but need some guidance acquiring?
  5. What piece of professional learning is most transformative to your teaching right now?
  6. What are your students most interested in (that you can wrap most of your curriculum around for relevance)?
  7. Is there a new tool you're super excited about implementing this year? (chromebooks/tablets, Google Apps, Google Classroom, PBL, etc)
  8. What's your favorite inspirational quote or scripture?
  9. What role as a teacher do you most identify with? (coach, brother/sister figure, mother/father figure, counselor, friend, etc)
  10. Are there any commonalities between the major projects/learning experiences in your class that your theme could connect to enhance the engagement/memory of both?

The last tip I'd have for you in finding your theme is to rephrase it this way?
What are you about as a teacher?

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Thanks for sharing!