Day 4 is about our Professional New Year. Phew, this could potentially be a 3 hr long post...so I will streamline it down to 4 things. Click below if you wish to join in the linky.
1. I wish to write down more! I need to improve my note taking skills. I begin every year ready to go with note taking, but each year, I get busy and think I will remember all the details of all my students. Well, if you are like me, you forget stuff. I do everything I can to be the best teacher I can be, but sometimes I forget stuff. I'm human. So, I am reinvigorated to write more notes on my kiddos. I even have my binder all organized and ready to go again. Yay!
2. I would love to go to a conference this summer. I don't know if I am going to be able to swing it, but we'll see what I can work out. I sure would love to go back to a Vegas conference. Although, I don't like Vegas- the place. I am a person who is very professional and a bit reserved- so Vegas creeps me out a ton, but I sure love all the amazing conferences they host. I'd love to go to one about reading or math or even 1st grade in general.
3. I continue to try hard to leave work at a reasonable hour!!! My goal at the beginning of the school year was to get out by 4:30, which has proved to be hard. I was doing great for awhile, but then October I failed a little, November I failed a bit more, and December I failed a lot!!! I am cutting back on my 2 daughters' after school activities for this last 1/2 of the year. I am hoping this will help me be more mindful of time and allow for more home time. They are just doing 1 activity a week, until swimming begins in March. Although by March, school and home don't feel so crazy for me.
4. Grade faster! I am working on getting papers graded right away. I read on someone's blog (sorry forgot who) that they don't have a bin to turn in work to, as they have the kids hand it to them right away, they grade it, and then they hand it straight back. I am not going to do that, but I will try to hurry it up and get work graded right away so I may return the work more quickly.
Well, that's enough for now. I have a lot to think about and plan for, and hope to improve myself professionally, as we teachers are always doing.