Coffee, Books, Reflection
Whew. Rereading my last post reflected the usual June enthusiasm. I did accomplish several of those goals, but even I knew in the moment that they were stretch goals at best. Yet, I could have easily accomplished all if them given a little motivation and time management. Time management. It always nabs me. For instance, despite knowing that I have a 25 page paper to write, I’m writing this blog post that I’ve been putting off for months (I’ve been putting off the paper for almost a year, too. Good call, right?!).
Anyway, I’m jumping back in to blogging at the inspiration of my friend & master’s cohort member Missy. She’s over here: http://themrshauptsteen.weebly.com/ and her insights are fantastic. She’s a great teacher who advocates for kids and I always admire her work with middle schoolers.
Anyway, she’s participating in the 30 day blogging challenge found here: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/reflective-teaching-30-day-blogging-challenge-teachers/ and I’ve decided to copy her idea. I’m late to the game (it was supposed to be a September thing) but I don’t care. I’m going to do it. This is post #1: Goals.
My goals for this school year were ambitions last June — and that’s good. Ambitious goals result in things getting done. For the school year, however, I need to be a little more sane in my goals so I don’t feel totally overwhelmed. My goals for this year include:
1. Better, more consistent communication with parents.
2. Continue to update and enhance my Weebly website: kgossling.weebly.com
3. Change to the new teacher evaluation system and update my online portfolio
4. Update, refresh, and adjust my lessons to provide the best possible units. And write down those units for future reference.
5. Reflect on experiences/readings/etc (that’s you, blog!).
So, hang on for the write. I’m planning to spend a lot more time on here reflecting and analyzing my experiences.
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."