Q: In which area do I think I can improve the most?
A: Moving away from punishment/rewards issues is my biggest challenge. This whole cycle appears in my room far too much. Whether the cycle expresses itself in my interactions with students, peer-to-peer interactions, or the students' academic work, grading, I have become more and more frustrated with how this punishment/reward culture has permeated my thinking and actions with my students. Since this is the summer time, I have resolved to eliminate as much as humanly possible these kind of punishment/reward situations. I expect that I will have a challenge implementing this for a variety of reasons. Altering my habits and the mindsets of students, parents, and administration will most definitely be a tall order. But nothing that is truly worth doing is easy. I'm excited about the plans I have been making for next year and I'm looking forward to observing how these plans play out in my work with students and their families in just a few short weeks.