Well, okay, that didn't work so well. I started out with the best of intentions but, for a variety of reasons, I just couldn't keep up with it. So, a new plan for this coming year.
What I'm going to try to do (at least for a while, we'll see how it goes) is begin to blog about my plans for next year. This summer I'm going back over my lessons from last year and trying to figure out where I should tweak a lesson, where I should do a major overhaul of a lesson, and where I need to come up with a completely different lesson. I hope that by sharing that process here that some of you will help me become a much better teacher (my students thank you in advance).
Obviously you won't know my students or my school and, like all teachers, I'll adjust on the fly as the lesson (unit, year) goes along based on what's happening in the classroom with my students. But by front-loading my planning process I'm hoping to come up with even better ways to help my students learn and understand Algebra, as well as try to model what being a transparent teacher looks like (at least for me). So, for anyone still out there, I'll periodically be posting over the summer (and throughout the year) as I begin to work my way through an entire year of Algebra 1 plans.