Saturday, August 30, 2014

GOAL!

At the start of each school year, I always have my students set their goals for the year. I try to have them create at least two goals - one academic and one personal.  We record them and then put them away to review at the end of each marking period and finally at the end of the year. We track and reflect on our progress at the end of each marking period adjusting them as needed or writing new ones if our old ones have been met.

I always join in with goal writing and share my goals as well. This year, I thought I'd use this blog as a way to record my goals and hold me accountable towards striving to meet them. 

So here are my goals for the 14-15 school year:

1) Blog!! - I began blogging personally (melsboxofchocolates.com) when my son began Kindergarten...he's now beginning 8th grade (gulp!). I enjoy writing and sharing my story, but I slowly stopped blogging. I would like to share my passion with teaching though and will write/share more here about my journey as an educator!

2) Math Centers - I enjoy using reading centers in my classroom and last year attempted to get my toes wet with math centers. I definitely was not consistent and seemed to change my format every week. This year, I will jump in again, staying consistent!

3) Explore GAFE! Technology in my classroom is a passion! I like to share my love with technology with my students (and their families). Last year we blogged and tweeted and this year I would like to add even more technology. I participate in #satchat (blog coming soon) and the latest topic was Google Classroom. I want to explore this and see how to begin with my 3rd graders!

4) Writing - Incorporating writing into all subject areas with meaningful assignments!

5) Finally, a personal goal! To keep balance with my responsibilities as teacher and wife/mom. Last year, I feel that I threw myself into my teaching to the extent that I let down my family. This year, I will strive to find that balance and instead of working every weekend, stop to enjoy my husband and kiddos instead. Yes, I want to be the best teacher I can be, but I also need to be the best wife and mom.

So there are my 5 goals for the school year.  I will be tracking my progress and reflecting throughout the year.

What about you? Do you set goals in your classroom? For your students? For yourself?


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