It’s about that time! School supplies fill the aisles, my Pinterest account is dominated by lesson ideas, and I’ve ordered my first ever Erin Condren planner (I cannot WAIT for it to arrive!). That means it is time to set some goals for my 2015-2016 school year.
I am a firm believer in setting goals and in documenting those goals. If they aren’t written down, it is a lot easier to let yourself slack (at least it is for me!). So, I’m posting my goals today. In addition, I will be posting the list of goals by my desk at school and the cabinet at home.
1.) Complete lesson plans for the following week before I leave the building on Friday.
My lesson plans have to be turned in by the end of the day on Monday of each week. Last year, my first year in second grade at a new school, I had them turned in on time (almost always) and even had them turned in by Friday during some weeks. I noticed that my weekend was so much more relaxing if my plans had been completed and emailed before I left school on Friday. In the interest of relaxing weekends this year, my goal is to submit my plans by Friday afternoon.
2.) Implement a Math Workshop model.
I’ve read a lot about math workshops on some of the teacher blogs I follow and in other professional reading. I have a difficult time teaching whole group math to a mixed ability group of learners, and I think a math workshop model will help me feel like I can better serve the students I teach. I know in the beginning of a new method of teaching, there can be a learning curve, so I hope I can adjust quickly and my students will be game to try this new model along with me!
3.) Write every week.
It is incredibly easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of the school year. Once that bell rings on the first day of school,
many other things in my life that I enjoy get pushed to the backburner. This year, since I am dedicating more time to submissions with the hope of finally being published, I know I need to dedicate time to my writing.
4.) Read for pleasure.
One of my favorite parts of summer is being able to read what I want to read. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading professional development books (I love the new ideas!), but there is nothing like picking out a book and reading the whole thing just for fun. After all, that’s what I want my students to do!
5.) Stay positive.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a positive person. I smile a lot, I’m friendly, and I always try to look on the bright side. In the education field, that isn’t always an easy thing to do. I can sometimes fall into the negativity trap (especially on a gray or rainy day). This year, I will surround myself with positive people, try new things, and keep smiling.
I’m certain I’ll come up with more goals as the year progresses, but for now – this is where I’ll begin. It’s the 2015-2016 school year. Here we go!!!