On TLN, we have a tradition of posting our New Year's resolutions. Usually I am pouring with ideas and professional goals, but this year I found it difficult. Then, as I was reading other people's goals, I remembered...I am in the midst of carrying out a big goal I set for myself in August before the school year started. What I need to do now is check in on them and regroup for 2010.
The most tangible goal I set for myself this school year was to improve my assessments. I wanted to make sure I could clearly track the learning of my students. Why? Partly, for my own piece of mind--in this age of "accountability," I wanted to be sure of what my students were learning and be able to say say clearly what each student knew how to do and what each student needed to work on. I wanted to be able to answer to people who say, "How can you prove what your students are learning, if not using standardized tests?"