I know it will be a huge transition, so I thought I'd take a moment to set some goals:
As a new teacher, I could literally list dozens of things that I need to work on! I heard or read somewhere that you should aim to focus on/change up 10% of what you do in the classroom each year. Right now I'm running at 75% change - some of it required (two new-to-me curricula, one college readiness program, and one social-skills program) and some of it self-imposed (two language arts frameworks - Daily 5 and CAFE). Put me down as officially overwhelmed and wondering just how this is going to work out. But here are the top three goals for this year:
- Have my lesson planning done at least a week ahead
- Create and stick to a schedule for organizing/cleaning/filing. At least my
minions-- er, students -- are a little older and can be tasked with wiping down furniture with a wet wipe, sweeping, dusting, or other basic duties. Unfortunately, moving to a new school means I inherited tons of materials in no good order, disorderly closets, and furniture that is beyond dusty - the dirt looks ground in. I am not a neatnik by any means, but my new home-away-from-home is appallingly dirty. My mom and I have already committed to going in every weekend to clean, organize, and get the whole room where I want it. (What would I do without my mom? Probably cry tears of frustration over my ancient computer keyboards that are so dusty they need to be disassembled and cleaned - because their clear bottoms resemble dirt Etch-a-Sketches. If you hold the keyboard upside down and tip it from side to side, you can watch the dirt skitter from side to side.)
- Give formative assessments for math and reading at least once a week (exit pass, pre- and post-tests, etc.) to help me track student understanding and adjust instruction.
- Maintain my daily meditation practice. Consider moving my meditation time to the mornings or adding a morning session.
- Be in bed by 10 p.m., which will give me about 7 hours of sleep.
- Get to the gym one time during the week, and go to the gym after Saturday's meditation class.Some of the teachers are planning on doing Insanity after school, and it might be a good idea to join them once in a while.
- Pack a fresh fruit/vegetable as a snack everyday.
- Cook dinner at least once a week. I know that doesn't sound like much, but we eat leftovers until they're gone, so one meal will keep us fed for several days.
- One Saturday or Sunday a month, prepare a dish that can be frozen in individual portions for lunch. (I made lasagna last week, so I have something to eat for the start of school).
I'm going to wait to determine specific amounts - I need to see my first paycheck before I can decide how to best divvy things up. But here are my goals:
- Rebuild my emergency fund.
- Start a new-car fund. My husband really worries about me driving my 14-year-old car long distances everyday, so he wants us to get a newer car in 6 months or so.
- Start saving for the ring I want to get to celebrate earning my degree.
- Set up an automatic deposit to feed my investment accounts.
- Make double payments on my debt with the highest interest.
- Pack lunch at least 3 times a week, and set up a weekly/monthly automatic deposit to put that money aside in a savings account.
- Continue to see this blog as a source of motivation and fun, and not stress out about it.