In the past 5 summers, I have made major changes to my practice:
2012: switching voluntarily from ELA to Social Studies
2013: figuring out how to flip my classroom (while also campaigning unsuccessfully for a position on the School Committee)
2014: starting this blog, renovating my grading system to accommodate the flip, changing the first unit on colonial regions (while also renovating the house we'd just bought)
2015: overhauling the style and content of my video lessons with green-screen and OfficeMix (and also designing/implementing a 3-day workshop to introduce flipped learning)
2016: re-designing our curriculum workflow with better integration of summative assessments (with more home-improvement jobs and a local-history research project)
2017? Meh. Nothing that major. I re-visited some unit objectives, especially to remove some content from the pre-Revolution period. (Buh-bye, most of the French & Indian War!) That will give us some breathing room later in the school year, so we don't feel so squished in the spring. I've had some mini-epiphanies about things like Bloom's Taxonomy, and got some ideas for introducing the flip to students -- thanks to fellow #flipblogs posts and Jon Bergmann's certification program. That's about it. The most revolutionary flipping thing about my summer has been expanding connections with other flippers -- through the FLN SlackChat, on Twitter, and exchanging emails with some terrific educators like Jon Bergmann and Peter Paccone.
Change can become addictive; it self-perpetuates if you're not careful; we revise so much and so fast that we don't know if it worked. I know this is the Summer of "SHIFT THIS!", and I plan to read that book eventually, but some changes need time to sink in. I didn't get a chance to fully implement the workflow changes last year, for many reasons that I blogged about in June. (The presidential campaign was one major distraction!)
In many ways, I feel like September 2017 will be the month that I hoped and worked for last summer. Does that make sense??