- I taught less this year, and yet my students learned more. As time goes on, I continue to learn ways to make students responsible for their own learning. I find myself standing in front of the room talking less and walking around giving encouragement, feedback, and guidance more.
- I graded fewer assignments and yet my students got more feedback to guide their learning. My focus continues to shift from giving grades to providing opportunities for students to get meaningful feedback on their work from myself, classmates, and others outside my classroom.
- My students worked harder, produced more on-line content, researched more, and learned about a greater number of topics than any other class I've ever had, and yet I've been told numerous times by many students and parents that this was the best school year that they've had. Since they had more control over their learning, school didn't seem like work as much as a chance to pursue their interests.
- This year it felt like I worked less hard than at any other time in the past, yet I probably spent more hours collaborating with my PLNs, reading educational blogs, discussing education with other teachers, and reflecting on my practices than ever before.
Maybe after fifteen years I'm starting to figure out this teaching thing a little.