So with this in mind I would like to recommend that you set yourself up for failure this year. Setting yourself up for failure doesn’t mean accepting failure. To me, it means taking a risk and trying something new. It means moving away from something you’ve been doing the same way for a long time. It means going out on a limb and getting out of your comfort zone. It means opening yourself up to all the wonderful possibilities that exist.
As educators we find ourselves in this exciting time of rapid change. We need to adapt to that change. There is no better time than now to commit to doing something that might just fail. You may have to go back to the drawing board and try it a second time. It might not work out the way you had hoped the second time either. But you have to try. You owe it to your students and to yourself. Print off this contract, sign it, and attach it to the wall near your desk:
Want some ideas? I suggest you try one or more of these:
- Project-based Learning.
- Flip your lessons.
- Allow your students to use their devices for learning.
- Blog with your students.
- Try a Mystery Skype.
- Set up a class Twitter account.
- Collaborate with a teacher in a different school. (or even a different country)
- Incorporate more peer and self assessment.
- Start student digital portfolios.
So what are you waiting for? When you walk back into your classroom in 2014, commit to pushing your practice to new heights. Pick something new and innovative and give it a try. Set yourself up for failure and watch yourself grow. You won’t regret it.
Happy New Year!