As we start the new teaching year, I thought I would outline my goals for 2017. I have organised these goals into three categories, personal, general teaching and subject specific teaching.
1. Complete four units of my Master's program (Leadership). I am beginning my Masters this year and would like to finish the course as quickly as possible. I have eight units to complete. If I complete four units per year, I will be finished by the end of 2018. My colleagues have told me two subjects per semester is difficult while working full-time and most say they just do one, but I am going to give it a crack.
2. Build my online professional learning community through blog posts every few weeks. I am committed to blogging this year, even if it is only a few hundred words. I also would like to expand who I follow on twitter from just people/organisations interested in educational technology as I feel this is beginning to 'blind' my teaching. Quality teaching is what matters, not the latest technology. I am now a heavy user of twitter and while I like educational technology tweets and it is a focus area of my teaching, it is beginning to narrow my overall perspective on education. I need to step back and look more big picture.
Teaching – General:
1. Share my practice with staff - Our school is moving to a model of sharing professional practice instead of administrative style staff meetings. I will put my hand up where appropriate to share ideas and practices I am implementing in the classroom.
2. Explore and test latest trends in educational technology to facilitate 21st-century skills. ACARA refers to these skills in the general capabilities. The new QCAA draft syllabus documents explicitly list the skills we will be required to teach our students in addition to the content. These came about through an analysis of educational trends of 21st-century skills for senior education. These skills are critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social skills and ICT skills. My goal is to use a variety of different programs, technologies and applications to integrate these skills into my lessons. I will blog about this specifically later in the year.
Teaching - Subject-specific:
1. Maths - I plan to continue flipped learning in my maths classes. You can see some video content already created via youtube. As the year progresses, I plan to move to a mastery model whereby students move through the content at their own pace with a series of checkpoints they will need to complete to a satisfactory level before moving on.
2. Accounting - My goal is to improve 'higher order thinking' skills in Accounting and introduce flipped learning. Students struggle in accounting with solving complex, unfamiliar questions. While I find it difficult to help students improve in this area, there are a number of strategies I am going to implement to try to improve this skill (I will blog about the strategies later).
I also plan to introduce flipped learning to my Accounting students. I have created a ClickView channel with some content ready to go.