I always seem to greet the end of summer with such mixed emotions. I am sad that another summer has come and gone and I have gotten to less than 20% of what was on my "List of Thing I Have To Do This Summer." But, I'm excited about the new school year. There's been a lot of changes in staff and in what I am teaching and how I am teaching it, and I'm just ready to get to it, you know? I'm ready for the adventure that awaits.
My goals for the new school year are pretty simple. And I know that you are dying to hear them...
- Spend more time thinking about the craft of teaching. I actually resigned two the extra positions that were taking up much of my non-teaching school time for that purpose. I really want to focus on what I am teaching, why I am teaching it, and why it's important for my students.
- Be more organized. Every year I say this, and every year I don't seem to make the kind of progress that I want. I'm going to try harder this year and see what happens.
- Think before I speak. Everyone is not looking for my input. (Even if they should be.) And I may suffer from that condition where I say things out of anger before I really think about how it sounds or what I mean. I'd really like to work on that. (Jesus would like me to work on it as well.)
- Stop stressing out about unimportant things. Enough said.
Fellow teachers, what are your goals for the year? I would love to hear them. And if you aren't a teacher, maybe you could just share your goals for the second half of the year.