I'm excited to be linking up with my buddy Jess from I Heart Recess! I think sometimes putting your goals in writing makes you more accountable, so here goes...
Personal: Find a better balance in my life, especially between blogging and personal. Does anyone have a chart or schedule they follow? Some nights I say, I'm just going to check my email, but you know how that goes... 6 hours later... blogging, commenting, responding, giveaways, creating for TPT, Pinterest, Facebook, and soon Instagram! I know it's going to get crazy when school starts! It just seems that nothing is quick-it's so easy to get distracted! I feel like I want a form that sets limits on each category-it might keep me focused! Any suggestions?
Organization: I love organization and I believe EVERYTHING has a home, but I have A LOT of "stuff". I can admit that I'm an organized hoarder (school supplies are my weakness!). You know it's bad when you have Office Depot employees' numbers programmed on your phone to notify you of clearance! (True!) I can't pass up a great deal! However, my goal is to make sure I have a clean desk all day! I always start the year off right, but you know that pile that builds up (papers, things to file/read, catalogs, etc.). I need to keep focused!
Also, EMAILS! I'm terrible with email! I always have hundreds/thousands of emails in my boxes (all of them!). I have a friend who at most has 2 email messages in her inbox...I know she cringes when she sees mine! I need to make sure I dedicate a few minutes each day to read, respond, delete, save that day's email, otherwise I will get behind and drown in emails!
Planning: Now, I say this every year, but I REALLY want to do all my planning at school. I always spend my weekends planning-I have a lot of my resources at home, so I like to take my time planning at my convenience. I want to keep my schoolwork more at school instead of lugging home that rolling crate every night. I think I may start with one subject a day. I think it's a reasonable and realistic goal.
Professional: I purchased a professional at the beginning of summer and haven't even cracked the book open! Again, I know myself and I put too much on my plate. Maybe a chapter a day/week...I need someone to hold me accountable! haha
Students: My absolute favorite thing students say to me is, "Mrs. Miller, it's almost time to go and I feel like I just got here" or "I don't want to go home." I want my students to enjoy school and have fun while learning, but more importantly (and selfishly), I want to have fun! It's the key for everyone's happiness! Let's be honest, if you're having fun the kids will have fun! I use humor and silliness (some people may call it craziness), music, dancing, incentives, excitement, and motivation in my classroom! I love teaching and it is evident to my students!
Motto: You all knew this was coming!
I designed this for my classroom because I love this quote for obvious AND motivational reasons! NO matter what happens in our classroom we need to hold our heads high, we will make mistakes and learn from them, (confidence building) and I have very high expectations for myself and my students. I give 110% and I expect the same in return from them. (For some I have to work harder at motivating than others). And the heels..., well, that's for me!
Are you setting your goals for back to school? Go link up with Jess and share!
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