My kids were testing yesterday and today so I had a lot of time to think about things that I would do differently next year! Here is my list so far. I would love your thoughts and would love for you to share what you will be changing next year. -Homework: I started giving the kids weekly review homeworks in January (instead of a worksheet every few days) and it has been going well. I print the homework on colored paper so the kids can't have it out during class. I hand it out on Monday and collect it on Friday. At first, a lot of kids didn't do it, but I would say that 75% of my kids do homework now compared to 50% in January. I'm sure completion would increase if I started it in the beginning of the year. -Tests: I want to start giving tests online, because the kids have to take standardized tests online. Has anyone ever done this before? I'm worried about not being able to give partial credit but I do think it would help. -Routines: I want to establish stronger routines for the classroom, including asking for the bathroom and being out of their seat. I'm considering making a policy where the kids have to ask to be out of their seats. This is my policy in my worst class and it has helped with the behavior but it sucks to enforce it. What policy do you use in the middle school classroom? I have tons of kids that want to throw things away, etc. -Organization: I want to be more organized and I want my students to be more organized. I want to create a binder for each unit with each handout that each kid received, so I can make copies quickly instead of looking on my google drive if kids need work. I also want to keep extra hw copies in a binder so that I can pull them out easily for kids. I also want to keep my kids more organized. My mentor has the kids keep their binders in the classroom, so I'm not sure if that's what I should do. I was also thinking of implementing binder check or something similar. I My kids have no organization now and shove papers in their backpacks or recycle them. However, I can only imagine chaos as the kids enter the class to pick up their binders from the bookshelf. Thoughts? -Seats: My current seating arrangement is in rows on the side and groups in the middle. I think I'll keep this arrangement to start, instead of starting with all groups. What are you doing differently next year?