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Goal Setting Link Up with I {Heart} Recess!

I {Heart} Recess

I'm linking up with I {Heart} Recess for the Goals: Back To School Edition Linky!

Personal: Since my husband is an AP, and I have a lot of extra duties at school, we often feel like ships passing in the night. He is exhausted when he gets home, and I'm usually already on the couch, working away on my Macbook. I need to make sure that when he is home, we are spending quality time together, not just half-listening or watching something. I prefer to leave work as soon as I can because I am more comfortable at home working in pj pants, but I have to learn how to draw the line between required work at home, and obsessive projects. 

Organization: I consider myself a pretty organized person, but I can definitely let my meticulous systems fall by the wayside in favor of a pile of papers that I have mentally marked, "Later". Sometimes, later turns in to the spring, and that was a huge problem this year. I moved rooms, so I was able to purge so much stuff, and it felt absolutely amazing to leave my new room last spring and know where everything was. I even took pictures so I wouldn't panic over break. (I know, I have issues.)

Planning: I plan well in advance, and I have to not let days I'm out for meetings or special assembly days completely throw me off. Basically, I feel like I need to plan a little less, because if something goes wrong, it can throw off my entire quarter when I plan it out like that. I went to a conference where they talked about a "bubble week" that would allow for some breathing room in the curriculum. This is definitely something I need to keep in mind.

Professional: I tend to get caught up in groups, especially when it's a bonding situation, like irritation over something. This may come from the fact that I never had a "group" I completely identified with growing up, and I'm still searching for that kind of acceptance, I don't know. Anyway, I want to try, to the best of my ability, and it probably won't happen honestly, to not let bad situations or negativity affect me at school.

Students: Last year I promised myself NO POWER STRUGGLES. I did it. It was a great year because of it. It made my classroom a better place, and it gave me more control over situations. Obviously I will continue to do that, but now I need to make sure that each student I meet knows I care about him/her. I read the article Why I Hated Meredith's First Grade Teacher and after crying, I was completely excited to meet my new students for the first time, and see my students I'm looping with again. I always call them "my" students, so I need to make sure they know that they are mine, and that I care deeply about their well-being and education!

Motto: So simple, "How can I help you succeed?" I want students to OWN their learning this year, and be able to explain to me what they need in order to learn best! :)

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  1. Great Motto! I use pictures to keep organized too. It makes it so much easier.

  2. Sounds like you have really put a lot of thought into your goals. Good luck this year!


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