Five Things Teachers Are Ready to Ditch in 2017

Five Things Teachers Are Ready to Ditch in 2017

I’m trying out something new in January. On each weekday of this month, I plan to release a new vlog (video blog) on life, learning, and the creative journey. It’s a bit of an experiment, but we’ll see how it goes. Here’s my first attempt on my YouTube Channel. If you enjoy the content, please subscribe to my channel. It’s what helps people find the content. You can also leave a comment sharing what item you would love to leave in 2016.

This idea actually came from watching my son experiment with different media platforms with reckless abandon. He was fearless and that’s how I want to be this year (a topic I’ll get into tomorrow).

So, here’s my first attempt:

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Five Things to Ditch in 2017

Please take this with a grain of salt (or even a massive salt shaker full of salt). But here are the things I’d love to ditch this next year:

  1. The Dab: I love celebrations and I love to see classrooms filled with joy, but the dab has lost its dab-iness and it’s time to go.
  2. Acronyms: When you’re trying taking your DBQ and DIBEL scores to your PLC meeting to talk about the RTI and POI interventions, it’s time to take a step back and use actual words. Please note that one of my favorite schools is SLA and that I proudly wear my ASU gear. So, not all acronyms are bad.
  3. Rigor: It makes me think of dead people. Maybe we could switch from “rigor” to “vigor” and focus on passion, challenge, and creativity in 2017.
  4. Bottle-flipping: As a dad of an 11-year-old, I’m done with this trend. It’s officially an outdoor sport at our home. Yes, I know of some teachers who have incorporated bottle-flipping into the classroom and I think that’s awesome. I really do. But still . . . I’m done with bottle-flipping.
  5. Treating teachers like villains: I get sick of the reports about how broken school is and how bad teachers are. Let’s make 2017 the year of the teacher. Let’s celebrate the small things. Let’s focus on encouraging and affirming teachers for the incredibly hard job they do every day. Amazing things are happening in classrooms every single day. It’s time we celebrate it.

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