I remember reading somewhere that the school year begins on the right note when a teacher has clear goals in mind. Now I know that many of us start with the goals that we wish for our students to achieve but in the article (which I have no idea where it is), educators should be thinking about the goals that they wish to set for themselves. As real people.
Many a time teachers forget that they are “real people” with lives outside of school and there needs to be an appropriate mending of the two worlds. We either get completely sucked into our job that we forget about home, or an incident at home leads us to neglect our students. So how about thinking of some goals that may help for the two to meld?
- This year is the first in a long time that I will have the chance to have a planning period. So one simple goal is to actually make sure that I use that time for planning/ grading/ actually getting stuff done. Even if it means making sure that I designate one or two things that need to be accomplished and making sure that I do them before a potty break.
- As a school we are actually switching our start time from 7:30 to 8:00 am and I already know that I am not going to allow myself to wake up any later than I used to. First, because of the ridiculous commute I make, if I leave any later I will not make it to work with the amount of traffic that builds up. But, though I am arriving with about an hour to spare,I want my time to be used seriously and calmly. There, is nothing worse than arriving to work rushed. I hate that. Yes HATE. You feel frazzled and disorganized before you’ve even set foot in the door. So arriving “early” will allow me to enjoy the little things. Coming in calmly. Enjoying my morning cup of coffee in peace. Getting to have a chat with a friend, etc.
- Now that we are starting our day later we are also leaving later. Instead of being able to escape at 3:00 it will now be 3:30pm. And I think that is the true term. Escape. Hopefully my completing my earlier goals I will make the promise to leave exactly at 3:30. There should be no reason for me to stay any later, as well as I vehemently refuse to take any work home. So that I allow for that separation of work and home to truly happen.
Hopefully one of these things happen… for longer than a month. Apparently knowing myself I’m definitely going to have to get a partner in crime to make sure some of this actually occurs.