It's the start of August and that means it's time to start to really think about the upcoming school year. Currently, I'm splitting my energy between classroom decoration mode and actual teaching preparation and I thought it was as good a time as any to pick up blogging again (everything seems easy in August, right?).
Anyways, here goes, here are my goals for the 2017-2018 school year.
1. Reflect. Every day. In writing.
Yeah. I know. Ambitious. I'm setting my bar low and saying that a one sentence reflection is better than no reflection. And who knows, maybe this will help with more consistent blogging?
2. Stay organized.
Instead of tossing extra copies into one pile and originals in another (sometimes even the same pile) and sorting through them each vacation, I'm hoping to at least create piles for each prep (I have 2). I also want to create crates for all of the INB extras for each prep so students and paras and coteachers and myself can find them easily. Along with this, I'd like to have lesson plans and copies made for at least the entire week if not two weeks in advance.
It seems obvious. I want to pay particular attention to the 20 students I'll have in homeroom every day. Those 5 minutes are hard to fill with meaningful interactions. Suggestions are appreciated!
4. Flexible thinking
This seems to be the guiding focus for my SLO this year (student learning objective). Still formulating what exactly this will look like and how to write a SLO surrounding it but I'm excited to explore it with my students. Ideas include: a play/fidget table, mental math Mondays and which doesn't belong? Also open to suggestions here.
Four seems like a good place to stop. I don't want to be completely overwhelmed in goals. I'm ready to #pushsend and jump back (and hopefully stay) into blogging this school year!