If Santa could bring me something to make my classroom better, what would I ask for?
After the last week, I would LOVE to have a seperate A/C unit that I could control myself! I would also LOVE to have an extra four or five feet added to the sides of my classroom. However, while those things would definitely make myself more comfortable and (maybe) help the learning environment, they wouldn't necessarily help me accomplish my long term goals...
Going into this year, my primary goal was to start integrating the regular use of technology in my class. My second goal was to increase writing and discussion. Thanks to my PLN I have a gameplan to get my students writing. However, discussion and debate is "out of my comfort zone", and not something I feel confident instilling in others when it is a source of discomfort for myself. So what I would like to ask Santa for is A Golden Soapbox ! A magical platform that I could put at the front of my classroom, where students would feel comfortable sharing their process and could offer others constructive criticism and would freely offer reasons why they agree or disagree. I know that progress is a long and windy road. And I know it takes a while to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing. But if I could wake up on the first day of class next year, and instantly have 38 students ready, willing, and comfortable sharing, it would be UH-mazing!