Saturday, August 15, 2009

Some Personal Goals for the School Year

Oops! I forgot to blog yesterday. I've been so busy this week and so tired, it hasn't been the first thing on my mind. I'm hoping that once school gets going and I get into a routine I'll be able to keep making time for it.

My whole body hurts. I can tell it's not about the running either, though I've had a great week. I'm sore from balancing on swivel chairs, hanging things on the walls, repetitive motions like stapling and hole-punching. My shoulder is killing me. Pretty pitiful, right? It will just take me a while to get used to being back at work and doing work kinds of jobs.

Today is another rest day on my half marathon plan. Tomorrow I do a 5K just to time myself and see how speedy I can be. It's kind of nice, because I don't have a long run this week. Next week it's back to adding on the miles. The Cow Town Half is getting closer. I have to say, I still feel like a total running poser. I wonder when or if that goes away. I feel like I don't know any of the "real" things you're supposed to know about running since I'm all self-taught. Maybe I'll go hang around the cross country team at school once we start.

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In the spirit of the first day of school, which is Monday, here are my personal goals for the year. I don't mean the ones I will turn into Admin, which are written so they hear what they want to hear--I mean my REAL goals. No laughing, if you're a former student of mine. Especially last year. Last year I was an awful teacher, and I don't feel good about it. I was struggling so much with the fact that I thought we were going to be divorced, we were separated, and I barely made it to work every day. I was so sad. Now that things are good and my load is lightened, it's time for a fresh start.


1. To do a better job of showing students that I care about them (because I do or I wouldn't be doing this job), and that they're not invisible to me.

2. To get more organized, put things in binders or in LABELED folders on the computer so I can find them next year.

3. To try to make it to rallies, games, concerts for kids who ask.

4. To work really hard on my prep/lunch time to get things graded so I don't end up taking as much home. I want to be able to peacefully enjoy my time at home with my family without worrying about what I'm not doing.

5. To not be so tired, which means getting to bed at a decent hour so I can run and get to school without rushing, hopefully before 7:15.

6. To bring my lunch so I save some moolah. (Along with this goes convincing my friends that we don't need to eat out as much.)

7. To decide which things are really important to me, and stick to my guns on those things.

8. To not volunteer to do too much, but to volunteer for things on campus where my help will make a difference.

9. To devote specific time to planning (which I love) so I don't have to scramble in the mornings.

10. To make more positive parent contact.

What are your goals this year?


  1. goals are to not stress out as much, to let things roll off my back like a duck better than I have as of lately and to have a baby! Oh ya, I also want to do yoga on wednesday nights for stress relief. Whadya think? I am also taking ballet every monday am at Ballet Austin! So much fun! Wish you were here!

  2. those sound like great goals. i'm about to start my teaching credential program!

  3. At practice on Tuesday, I'll see if anyone wants to TA. But whether or not I get a girl, I will help you out the few days a week that I'm there if you want.

    Have a great first day of school. :)

  4. Thanks for commenting, you guys. I LOVE COMMENTS! J--thanks for asking about a TA, and yes I'd love you to help. When are you there? I'll Facebook you.