It's focusing on your personal, professional goals for the upcoming school year. Since I go back next Thursday, it's time to take a look!
Personal: I've been trying to keep up a level of fitness... I've been better at working out, but over the summer, I've been trying to get back into the working out groove. Hopefully, now that I'm going back and playing hockey once a week - it will help my fitness. I am also trying to eat healthier!
Organization: I want to try and stay on top of my grading and paperwork this year. I'm decent at keeping up on my grading, but you know those days when you have a HUGE stack that takes 3 hours to complete. No more!
Planning: Our lesson plans are checked every Thursday afternoon for the past week. (It would be smart if they checked the week ahead, but I'm not the boss.) I'm going to admit that there were some days that I wrote the lesson plans during my prep on Thursday for that afternoon. Now that I'm back in the LA/SS groove, I gotta be more on top of my planning to make sure my students are engaged and learning!
Professional: Ignoring what I can't change is my number 1 goal this year. I can't make people want to be better at my site. No matter how much I give, it's not going to make the school-wide changes that I think should be started. If I can't fix it, I can't worry about it!
Students: Stay positive!!! I know that I have some tough kids coming in, but if I start the year down - there's no where else to go! I'm going to stay positive and love my students whether they like it or not!! We can do it and we're just going to get there one way or another!!
Motto: So - it all adds into my MOTTO: Be the Rockstar that I know I am! My admin probably doesn't know I can teach and manage a classroom like a champ. Somedays I wonder if they know what subject I'm teaching this year, but I just want to prove that I'm awesome and I can handle all the stuff they throw at me!!