Friday, 11 January 2019

New Year Goals Update

Happy New Year everyone!

So, it's the start of a new year and that means it is time to set some new goals too! I set some goals at the start of the school year and most of them still stand, with a few additions. I thought I'd do a little update on how I'm getting on with them after the first term.

1. Find my passion for teaching again - I am enjoying my job more, but the craziness of our timetable and our school sometimes makes me feel a little like a drill seargeant rather than a teacher. Having spoken to other teachers, this is a feeling amongst all of my team so perhaps finding my passion for teaching is something I'm always going to struggle with at my school. I feel that there is a lack of time, resources and importance put on creativity and practical activities, which is so important for me.

2. Have a good work-life balance - This is much better already! I leave work by 5pm every day and I am loving actually having an evening to myself. I don't feel the need to ever do work from home anymore and it's having a positive impact on my personal life and my work towards my own personal goals. I just need to work on staying on top of the stressful weeks and not letting them affect my personal life.

3. Improve my knowledge and practice of teaching maths (mastery) - I haven't actively taken any courses to develop this but I have spent time researching myself, looking at ideas and theories and I am actively trying to incorporate mastery techniques and activities into my teaching. I feel like this is going well, although it still doesn't come naturally to me. I very much have to plan for it.

4. Get creative with interactive displays - I'm failing at this one! I have displays up and they look fine, but there's no creativity in them. I definitely think I can do better!

5. Get creative with my lessons - This is another one that I don't feel is going so well. My lessons are ok, the children achieve and the teaching is relevant and strategic, just not as creative as I'd like. I mentioned earlier that our timetable is insane and the expectations of our school mean there just isn't time for that creative outlet which I find sad and frustrating. I hope I can change this over the next few months, but because of factors beyond my control, it will be a struggle. 

6. Be a good PGCE mentor - She is doing well so far and I think I am being a good support to her. Her university took a long time to get the relevant documents to me so it took me a while to be able to offer her what she needed, but we have regular meetings and she always approaches me with any questions. I aim to do better at this throughout the rest of the year as I know how important it is to have a good mentor.

7. Maintain All For the Love of Learning - I'm doing it, but not really getting much engagement. I need to look into what I can do about this as I enjoy writing, but feel that it is a little pointless sometimes. If anybody has any tips, I'd love to hear them.

8. List 20 resources on TES and TPT and sell something...anything! - I sold things! A few things! Something I have noticed is that Insta-worthy images are also a must on TES and TPT and that is something I've not been great at. I need to master how to create a great cover for my resources and how to advertise them in order for them to sell. 

Did you set goals at the start of the year? How are you getting on with them?
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