So, ignoring the two and a half hour nap I took today, let’s talk about goals. We all set a list of goals we want to reach, but don’t take the steps towards reaching those goals. Set a goal, make a plan to reach that goal and actually take the steps to put that plan into motion.
My goals for this school year:
1. To get every student past the expected reading level by the end of the school year.
- The plan I have to reach this goal, is to incorporate language into all aspects of learning. Sometimes, we as teachers focus on the subject we are teaching and not how to incorporate other skills into the lesson. This is something I did with the preschool students at my old school. Whether it was math, science or literacy, new vocabulary was always introduced. When they tested for kindergarten, they were testing higher than expected. Starting at a new school, I would like to keep this goal in mind as I plan my lessons.
2. To not lose sight of my creativity.
- I was guilty of this last year. I was frustrated with some aspects of my job and I felt as though that reflected on my teaching. Was I still teaching the students everything they needed to learn? Yes. Was I doing it to the best of my ability and with my students’ interest in mind? No. I don’t ever want to be like that again because I was very disappointed in myself by the end of the year. I remembered the activities I used to do compared to the ones I was doing by the end of the year. As a teacher, especially an early childhood/elementary teacher, you can not lose sight of your creativity. When you lose interest in teaching, the students will lose interest in learning.
3. To improve as a teacher.
- With every new job, comes new responsibility. I didn’t feel as though I was given the room to grow and develop as a teacher in my previous school. Pre-Kindergarten was not an easy age to teach. Most of them don’t know how to hold a pencil or scissors. They’re still learning manners and basic skills. I find that going into a Kindergarten classroom, not much is going to be different. I believe I will be able to use some of what I have done to help my Pre-K kids and alter it to help my Kindergarten kids.
These are my major three goals of this school year and how I plan to achieve them. What are some of yours? Leave your answers in the comments. Thank you so much for reading all the way to the end!