Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Back to School Goals

I am linking up with I {heart} Recess and sharing with everyone my back to school goals.

This year will be full of change. New grade level, new school, new home. Part of me is very nervous. But, another park of me is so incredibly excited for this new change in my life.

So, now for my goals this year...

Personal- Last year was a tough one. Many times, I would stress about it when I got home. Honestly, it was starting to affect my relationships. Towards the end of the year, I started leaving work at work, and spending quality time with the people I love and not stressing about work. My goal for this year is to continue doing that. I also really would like to work more to stay in shape. It my old house, I didn't have the time due to my long commute or the space. Now that I live about a mile from my school and have an amazing trail that is right behind my condo, I have no excuse!

Organization- Last year, I feel that I did a great job using multiple forms of assessment. However, I had all this data, but I feel like I didn't use it as well as I should have. This year, I want to collect data from my students and use it to help guide my small group and whole group instruction.

Planning- I really want to use more Common Core strategies in my instruction. I did it a lot last year with essential questions in my reading strategy groups. I would like to continue working on learning new Common Core strategies and find ways to integrate subjects. I did some last year with my Charlotte's Web unit. I want to keep learning and doing research on ways to integrate Common Core into my classroom.

Professional- My first year of teaching I started learning about Whole Brain Teaching. Last year, I went to my first conference and met Coach B! It has seriously changed how I teach my students. My goal is to continue learning more about WBT and use it to help my challenging students.

Students- Last year I did a horrible job giving my students their work back. I gave them their work back at least once or twice a month! I am so ashamed! This year, I really want to give them their work back on a more consistent basis. That is my goal and I sticking to it!

Motto- My motto for this year is that it is never too late. It's never too late to fix things that may have been broken. It's never to late to make changes in your life. It's never too late to say that you are sorry or to say I love you. I have learned over these last couple of months that it is never too late...for anything.

I am so excited to be going into my classroom next week. If you are following me on Instagram, I will be posting pictures of my progress. I will try to do a post before school starts of my new classroom!

Happy new school year everyone :)

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