I haven’t spent much time at all thinking about school. May Term took the wind out of my sails. When school ended I checked out and haven’t been back since.
Today I had a meeting scheduled with our new Middle School division head, Ryan Burke. We had a nice talk at Village Bakery over coffee about Middle School at Allendale Columbia. We talked about Design Thinking, Visual Thinking, and Studio Thinking. We discussed the writing of Carol Dweck and her book mindset. We even pondered the LEAN IN movement. Almost two hours after we sat down I left feeling rejuvenated.
I was so invigorated by our conversation that when we departed I headed straight to school. My department chair, Lori Wun, was working on her supply order when I arrived. We collaborated and connected on our orders. She had some great ideas and suggestions for items that I had not thought of like Canvapaper (which takes up way less space than canvases) and boxes for storing digital prints in the DAL. My order is about 95% finished and I am so excited for next years new curriculum. In addition to working on my order I took inventory of my supplies and found a large amount of unused paper!
Now I am home with a stack of folders, books, printouts, and notes. I had already begun to plan out my curriculum for next year but now I have some incredible new ideas. So a few questions to you, do you re-write your curriculum each year? Have you ever written your own curriculum map?