Sunday, July 6, 2014

'13-'14 Goals Review + Goals for '14-'15

Last summer, Jess at I {heart} Recess hosted a 2013-2014 school year goals linky. Here was mine:

Let me just point out I pretty much failed at THEM ALL, ugh! The only one I did well with was enjoying my students -- as much as they sometimes drove me crazy with their lazy ways, we did have a ton of fun together. I couldn't have asked for more than that. 

To be fair also, I wrote these goals when I thought I was going to be teaching something other than what I ended up teaching. Not that it makes it any better but still. It's my excuse and I'm sticking to it :)

As they say, however, leave the past in the past...and I'm moving forward with goals for the upcoming year instead. (Might have to print them out so I won't forget!)

Personal: I tend to get to school between 7-7:10 a.m. so there is no reason for me to stay at work beyond 4 p.m. (the exception is Mondays as we have our staff meetings and they go until 5).

Organization: When packing up my room for the summer, I organized things in bins and baskets and I want to maintain that organization. I swear this past year was my least organized ever and that is not how I roll.

Planning: Since we have gone to curriculum maps, I really want to set up my planning by unit so that I can prepare what I need by unit rather than by week, this is especially essential with math because of the way we are teaching it now.

Professional: I tend to say "yes" too much and now that I am working on my doctorate too and will be busy as heck just with that...I am not going to serve on all of the committees I have in the past. I am going to do Social Committee (which I have done for 3 years already) and *maybe* PBIS. Anything else? Nope. 

Students: One reason I love Thirty-One so much is because of the motto of Celebrate, Encourage and Reward. I think this is definitely something I want to bring into my classroom - every child deserves to be celebrated, encouraged and rewarded. I know this will be especially true this coming year since we will have some challenging friends in our classes.

Motto: This is the same motto I used last year but I have to remember that when I let certain people make me angry, I am giving them control of me. I am going to do my best to make sure that doesn't happen this year.

The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. These all sound great! I too struggle with saying "yes" to too many committees. I am hoping to curb that down to only two this year. My fingers are crossed for both of us! :-)

    1. I think I am going to employ The Husband to help me wit this. Sadly, there are way too many people willing to sit around and do nothing instead of jump in and help. I'm not going to be the go-to-girl anymore because, as I found out, no one really appreciates the extra effort, they are just glad they don't have to step up.

  2. Oh how I need to get back to writing goals! I used to do monthly goals when I was living in Germany. I posted at the beginning of the month and then posted again about my progress at the end of the month. I should do that again!

    1. I have done monthly goals before as well and I think I might do that this year, starting in August when my mind goes back to "Back to School" thinking.

  3. Planning by unit is great! I saw a change in my teaching when I did this, and my kids enjoyed the lessons because it all tied together. Thanks for linking up! Great goals!

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  4. I totally agree with you when it comes to the saying yes to too many committees. As far as the planning by unit - I love it! Our school is an IB PYP school so we can get time over the summer and throughout the year to rewrite/find supplemental curriculum so that our year is broken into 6 six week thematic units that are based in a science or social studies concept but we have aligned our Wonders reading curriculum and math curriculum nicely. I'm even lucky enough to have a team member that made monthly calendars for us!

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