Before you try that next classroom idea, pause to consider the end by asking this question:
How will I know if this worked?
Start by defining success. Sounds obvious, right? But I’m sure you’re as guilty as I am of jumping in without considering what you want the end result to be.
Ask: How will I know if…
- Thinking Maps are helping my students?
- my new math instruction works?
- the Makerspace is a success?
- family reading night is worth continuing?
- these weekly teacher meetings are working?
Whatever it is you’re implementing, spend some serious time deciding what you’ll see when the new idea works. Be specific! Be student focused!
And, if you can’t decide, maybe the new idea isn’t worth implementing at all.