One of the best (and most dangerous) things I can do in my classroom is make promises.
My students remember.
I’ve found that on the days I’m most prepared and focused on our long-term direction, I’ll excitedly make promises about things we’ll do and read, projects we’ll engage in and places we’ll go.
Promises keep me accountable to them and our growth together. Promises act as a benchmark of where I should be – they are an indicator of preparedness and my own investment.
I sure as hell better keep them.