After five years at my last school, I decided, towards the end of last school year, that I needed a change. I liked the people I was working with, but my teaching spark was dimming. I was in a slump and I wasn't excited about what I was doing. Looking back at some of my posts last summer, it seems like maybe this was something that started even before the first day in September. So I applied to some other schools, just to see what would happen, and in June accepted a job for a local elementary school in my neighborhood, that was growing each year. I was forcing myself into some new challenges: a new grade, new co-workers, a new building, and a new population of learners to explore math with. It wasn't an easy decision to make, but looking back, I have no regrets, and I am excited for the year to come.
I found this blog post the other day, about a 30-day blogging challenge for teachers, which inspired me to give this whole blogging thing another shot. So even though I am a few days behind, here it goes:
Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or abstract as you'd like to be!
Well, goal #1 would be to be able to look back at this school year in June, and feel that I have been successful. What would that look & feel like? My students have learned everything that they were supposed to this year, and perhaps a little bit more. My classroom is a community where students aren't afraid to try new things and work together. We had fun exploring the big ideas mathematics. We students ask questions and want to learn more. I want to look back on this year and see how much I've grown.
Goal #2 would be to continue to work on my work/life balance. This may be hard considering I am teaching two grades next year (and have never taught 6th before), and because I will be in a new environment, resources may be limited, but nevertheless I think that this is something that I can continue to work toward. I like my job, but I also value a life outside my job.
I think that that is it for now, although I may add more as month goes on. I really hope to keep this going this time...