Before you try that next classroom idea, pause to consider the end by asking this question:
How will I know if this has 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.