Collect writing and then ignore it for a month. Expect study questions answered every night. Give daily reading check quizzes worth tons of points. Skip grading blogs on a Saturday morning. Wait until April to institute a classroom after-school writing lab. Circle every single grammatical error on a given page. Assign just one piece of writing that involves student conferencing and that happens to be the last piece of writing. Take rebellion personally. Only phone home about negative behavior. Try to institute fifteen new things. Start a “routine” that we only do twice. Break a routine that we’ve done many times. Hand papers back as a way of finishing the discussion about that topic or student writing. Call them “essays.” Continue a practice I know isn’t helping improve skill simply because I can’t think of anything better. Ignore the Speaking and Listening standards just because they aren’t tested and are not “power standards.” Obsess over standardized test prep. Rally around the STAR and CST tests. Provide my students with an excuse to blow off my class, other classes, testing, or school. Model expectations only once and then expect perfect execution. Require only written expression of comprehension. Spend far too long on a given text. Focus on merely a few writing and reading types. Unveil the writing prompt only at the end of the text/unit.
And on and on.
Have you thought about this? Have you mentally gone over how last year worked for you? Have you considered the list of things that you want to make sure you avoid, things that didn’t quite work the way you wanted them to? What made it to the top of your list?