Summer 2012 Goals

I found out I should be teaching the same subjects next year- hoorah for no new preps!
Also, my instructional coach has written my End of Course exams for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II based on Common Core standards and including performance events and extended response. This will be the backbone of my curriculum and my guide for everything I want to do. Here are my goals to accomplish this summer:

  • Design math portfolio (I'm actually doing this for my master's so hopefully I will be done with that in early May)
  • Tweak and tighten my pacing guides from last year
  • Use the pacing guides and backwards design strategy to create unit plans with essential questions and key concepts list
  • Create performance events and a rubric for each unit
  • Use the above to finally implement standards based grading
  • Create questions/system for Lee Jenkins formative assessment idea
  • Fix sucky lessons

I know and accept the fact that I will not fully accomplish all of these things. But my list is the shortest summer list I've had yet which is a good sign. We get out of school the 21st, about 2 weeks earlier than usual. The rest of that week is a teacher work week so I hope to tackle as much of this as possible in that week before I lost my motivation.

I'm taking two grad school courses this summer (I'll be two-thirds done at the end of summer!!) so I'm not going to pretend that I will do much classroom stuff after June 11th.  Nevertheless, I'm feeling excited, underwhelmed, and counting down the days.



  1. Hi, I am a student studying to become a secondary teacher. You mention in several of your posts your instructional coach. I was wondering what exactly an instructional coach is. I have never heard of this before. Thank you for your time.

  2. An instructional coach is hired to give your help and guidance in your instruction. That may mean help with designing curriculum, cooperative learning strategies, classroom management, etc. My coach is a retired teacher who had 30 years of experience so she is a wealth of knowledge for me as a younger teacher. I only have one because our school received a grant. After next year I'm on my own but I have been very fortunate to have her in my early years of teaching.