I always encourage my sophomores to make goals for the coming school year. I remind them that every school year is a chance to change. It is true for me, too. Even after 37 years, I still have changes that need to be made and many skills that need improvement.
My two main goals for this year:
1. Every afternoon when I leave school, I will have my room ready to go for the next day.
In the past, I have left quite a few things undone, making it necessary to arrive at school at
7:00 the next morning. I'm a morning person, and I like being in the building before students arrive, but one little disruption can throw off my prepping for the day.
This year when I leave, I will have the date and quote for for the day on the board. Bell work
will be posted, and I will have any materials I need for classes organized and ready to go.
2. I will brainstorm, write, and revise with my students.
I used to do this all the time. Last year, it dawned on me that my students dreaded writing more than they have in the past. We have concentrated mainly on the writing evaluated on State Testing for the past few years.
This year, I am going to discover ways to make writing fun again. Writing with them and all
of us sharing writing is one step in the right direction.
Other things that need improvement: developing stronger relationships with students, creating lesson plans that require student movement out of seats, and actually using my classroom blog again.
I figure I have a maximum of eight years left. I plan to enjoy every one of them!