end of year reflections.

Here in Indiana, we are wrapping up our school year.  That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, in ten more happy-wake-ups, school will be out for the summer!  Don’t the weeks leading up to the end of a school year hold such a grab bag of emotions?  At any given point in the day, we can feel happy, proud, frustrated, annoyed, sad, disappointed, elated . . . and all for the same reason — the school year is coming to a close.

May also is a time which holds deep reflection for me.  I consider things what went well for the year and things I would like to change.  I’ve noticed through my work as a coach, that this is true for many teachers.  May is a time of reflection.  In order to help with reflection on our writing workshops, I was inspired by Karla Hayden to create an End of the Year Teacher Reflection survey. 

It’s a fairly inclusive look at the writing workshop and is designed to lead teachers to identify successes and goals surrounding their teaching of writing.  To get a copy, just go here (to my wiki)and click on teacher_eval.doc near the top of the page.  This is the third year I’ve used this form to lead teachers through self-reflection on their writing workshops.  The checklist takes about 15 minutes to complete & I typically have positive responses to the process.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Also, while you’re at it, check out Karla Hayden’s website.  It’s a wealth of good stuff!  Thanks again, Karla, for inspiring this reflection.  I appreciate your willingness to share your ideas.  🙂