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Thursday, August 18, 2011

New (school) year's resolutions

Back in January I posted about my goals for the year.  I didn't call them resolutions, because who sticks to their resolutions?  And resolving sounds so definite.  A goal, though...that's just a target.  Something to aim for.  Less pressure.  Overall, I've hit several of the bigger ones (run a marathon, join a running club, improve my mountain biking skills, start strength training, and participate in an adventure race), there are a few that aren't looking so good (ride another century, complete a sprint triathlon, make new recipes), and then there's one that I've boxed myself into a corner forcing me to do (go back to school for my Master's). 

I guess starting a new school year is as good a time as any to make some resolutions.  At the end of last year, I felt like I was chasing my own tail, barely keeping my head above water, [fill in any other pertinent cliche here].  I had a lot going on: N's volleyball schedule, marathon training, D's graduation, and don't forget keeping my blog up to date.  I'm a darn good teacher, but I settled for being good instead of being better.  Sometimes I have a hard time holding myself to the standards that I know I can reach if I put in the additional effort.  By the end of the year, though, I wasn't feeling good on the inside about how I was doing at school or at home, and thank goodness for my husband and my wonderful aides for helping hold things together in both places.  This year is going to be different.

1.  I am going to be organized. (My aides laughed at me when I said this.)

2. I am going to use the resources I've collected instead of using the same things I always do.

3. I am going to do new things.

4. I am going to introduce more physical activity into our class schedule.  Every time I sit in a meeting or inservice, I feel sorry for my students and the amount of sitting they have to do.

5.  I am going to stay inspired.  Our superintendent played the short film The Butterfly Circus for us at our first day inservice.  That link will take you to the film.  It's about 20 minutes, and you should watch it if you have the time.  It was touching and uplifting and inspiring and really hit on the kind of person and teacher I'd like to be.

6. I am going to stay positive.  And yes, anyone who was reading my blog last March through May is looking doubtfully at the screen as they remember me posting about crying most nights because I was so frustrated at not being successful with one of my students.  It's so easy to get sucked into complaining about the kids or the parents or NCLB or whatever is frustrating right now.  It's so easy to be negative and expect problems.  I'm going to stay positive.  I'm going to expect the best and deal with any problems instead of complaining about them.  And when things get stressful, I'm going to recite the serenity prayer until it's tattooed across my brain.

7. I'm going to spend my time on the things that are truly important, in their order of importance. That means that, as much as I love my blog and reading my friends' blogs, I'm going to give my attention first to my family, then to my job, then to my training, and THEN to my blog and other blogs.  I hope that my new, organized life results in me being able to spend just as much time in blogworld as I do now. 

11 comments:

  1. If your BA self can carry a cooler up Mt. Whitney, it can surely make a few positive changes for the new school year! I salue you!! It is going to be an awesome year, I just know it!!

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  2. This is actually inspirational for me. Let me know if you need any accountability help. I am on your side, woman :)

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  3. Excellent goals. I have been teaching for over 17 years now and it took a long time before I didn't take my student's failures personally. However, when you are dealing with college kids it's a little easier, technically they are adults, but of course their mess-up can be truly enormous and tragic.

    I think any kid would be so lucky to have you as their teacher!

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  4. Great way to kick of a new year! All the best, have a fantastic year!

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  5. Sounds like a great plan for a wonderful school year :)
    It's good to sit back and take stock of what is working and what isn't, then try to figure out how to make things better. Somehow, I have a feeling you may be a little hard on yourself...Have a smooth and relaxed year!!

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  6. Great list! I think they lay out a very nice plan!!

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  7. I like this idea. People think I am organized but I am not really. ONe of my main goals is to be much more organized and that is what I have been working on when I have gone in.
    I also like 3 + 4. I do have the kids at times get up and we do all kinds of silly things. I don't care if they stand to work or move around as long as they work.

    #6 is a tough one but I will try to. I am feeling frustrated about all the changes and how we haven't been prepared but it is happening so I will go with the flow.

    I have to say blogging in the evening is my relaxation after my day. I don't do it until everything else is done. I was just thinking today that my leisurely blogging will come to an end

    I do know what you mean about being a good teacher, not a great teacher. I agree with you but I do think it is important to find a balance between work and home and fitness. You do have to say at some point that is as much as I can give this and it is good and it will work. No one that is a perfectionist should ever be a teacher. Does that make sense?

    Good luck on all of these goals. Even if you get to no other blogs check in on mine! (Just kidding sort of!)

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  8. wishing you a fantastic new year!
    #6 not always easy...for me anyway

    teachers work hard. I love my kids teachers. I try to help them as much as I can.

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  9. Great list and you have a great attitude going in to the year! Nice thing about being a teacher or student is a fresh start every year. Good for you taking advantage of it.

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  10. Great list and very attainable. Many of these things I'm working on myself...I CAN be organized but I'm not ALWAYS orgainized. And my time management skills, although I've shown improvemnent, needs consistantcy.

    Good luck with your goals; I'll be cheering you on from here!

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  11. Dude, you are totally inspiring. I read all of your social media posts and think you're making sure you lead a full life. Keep on keepin on... :)

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