Friday, 3 August 2018

Goals for 2018-19

One of the many great things about the start of the new school year is setting goals. The new school year gives you a chance for a second shot at those goals you set in January, or for a completely fresh start. This year will be filled with changes for me but I still have many goals for the year and I'm hoping this year will be a great one.

1. Find my passion for teaching again - The craziness of my role in leadership has meant that I was too 'busy' to have the passion and creativity that I used to have in the classroom. I've stepped down from leadership to rediscover the love I had for my job.

2. Have a good work-life balance - Ah, this is a tough one for any teacher. Teacher burnout is a killer and I have spent the past 2 years in leadership constantly burnt out. This year should be a lot easier for me than the last 2 as I will be focusing on some of my personal goals more, but I will be pushing myself to prioritise life more. 

3. Improve my knowledge and practice of teaching maths (mastery) - Maths has always been my weakest subject to teach; I don't enjoy learning it and I don't enjoy teaching it. In particular, mastery is tough for me as there are very few materials out there for EYFS, which is where I have been for the past 2 years. I want to make an effort to research teaching strategies, try them out and improve my maths teaching this year. 

4. Get creative with interactive displays - In my 'busy' life, displays have taken a back seat. I used to love getting creative with displays (even though I'm a terrible artists) but I just didn't put the effort in last year. I want to prioritise them more and change them more regularly this year. 

5. Get creative with my lessons - Similar to displays, in my role as a leader, teaching as sometimes taken a back seat. My lessons have been fine, but not fantastic. I miss getting creative and seeing the kids enthusiasm over a creative and fun lesson. I miss that buzz you get when you teach an amazing lesson. I definitely want to step this up this year.

6. Be a good PGCE mentor - I will be taking on the role of PGCE mentor to an EYFS teacher this year and I'm really looking forward to it. It's a new challenge for me and something I've been keen to do for a while. I know from my own experience that having a good and supportive mentor makes so much difference to your training experience, so I want to be that person for her.

7. Maintain All For the Love of Learning - I have started this blog as a way to document my journey into rediscovering the teaching that I loved. I also want to use it to document my best ideas, meet other teachers out there and to help me work towards my targets this year. Keeping it going for at least one year is my initial aim.

8. List 20 resources on TES and TPT and sell something...anything! - Over my years of teaching I have created many resources, but in particular I have made many over the past 2 years. I recently discovered TPT (slow catching on, I know) and figure I might as well earn something back for my effort. I'm going to edit and list some items for sale, and hopefully sell some things too!

So that's it, only 8 goals for this academic year. This year is all about rediscovering my love of the career I chose and have loved for many years. 

What goals are on your list for this academic year?
Do we have any similar goals? Let me know!
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