If you know me then you know that I say yes to almost everything, then wonder why I am always running around like a crazy woman. Sometimes, many times actually, these impulsive acts result in a positive return. If you are a member of AASL (if not, why not??) you might know that they are about to share a database of exemplary lesson plans that follow the plan format of Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. I volunteered to be a moderator for this database, which involves checking lesson plans against a rubric and the standards to be sure they teach what they say they will, etc. Anyway, I couldn't believe I said I would do this, but I pulled out my laptop and AASL standards resources and started. Reading these lessons has me evaluating my own lessons; do I follow the standards? Do I upgrade my lessons with technology when applicable? Do I include self reflection time for my students? What I have learned already is worth the time I invest in editing!
How about you? Do you say yes to new opportunities to grow and evolve? You won't regret it!