Once again I find myself sitting at my school desk thinking about what lies ahead. Summer went by far too fast - like it always does - and now it's time to plan for another year. Education, like shifting sand, is one of those things that is always changing, and I find myself constantly evaluating my curriculum. I look at how the previous year played out and make the necessary adjustments to fix what didn't work or improve what did. After all, that's what good teachers do - they think, they experiment, they fail, they succeed, they research, they re-think, they adjust.
So where does that leave me now? What do I want for my students this year? Obviously I want my students leave my class knowing more than when they first entered my door, but I want more than that. I want them to know more about the world around them. Yes, I want them to know more about technology and how they can use it to enhance their world. But I don't want to just teach about technology. Academics is only one small portion of being in middle school. I want to take things one step further and impact their lives for a life outside these four walls. I want them to know that they have a responsibility to not only me (and other adults), but to themselves as well. I want them to understand ethics (right from wrong) and how the words they say and the deeds they do affect the relationships they build with others. I want them to know more about themselves. I want them to be better individuals than when they started. I want to have a positive impact on my students so that when they leave middle school, they leave prepared to face an uncertain world. I want to let them know that I CARE. After all, they don't care how much you know until they know how much they care. In short, my ultimate goal is this: to make a difference.