Confession time- I like to think that I am open to change, but I am not sure that I always am! In my class, I typically teach a part of vocabulary or grammar, practice it then assess it in the form of a quiz. Most of the time, I end up giving a quiz about once a week. We are going to an extended block once a week, and due to this schedule, I can only give quizzes or tests every other week. “That is easy,” I thought, “I won’t have to change much at all!”
I was wrong.
While I do not mind combining my assessments, I still had extra days AND I couldn’t push my schedule back because then the quizzes or tests would STILL not fall on the right week. “ARGH!” I thought, “How is this going to work?!” Well, it took some tossing and turning in my head, but finally, I decided to dedicate that time to the little things that I don’t always teach. I am going to plan more informal speaking and writing activities. I want to complete some more Integrated Performance Assessments and free writes. I also want to look at some of the small parts of the language that I overlook, but students need them for writing and speaking. I would love to look at making their sentences longer and more developed. In the end, I am excited and know that this will be better for my teaching. I will also blog about it. What would you do with the extra time scattered one day a week? What do you wish that you had more time for every year?