This month, I have decided to participate in the #Aprilblogaday challenge. To help with topics, I am using the prompts provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Today’s prompt is: Goals? Short and Long-Term?
My freshman English class has just finished Of Mice and Men. In the book, several characters have dreams. George and Lennie have a dream of owning a house with some land. Their dream becomes a goal when Candy offers to help with the purchase. They begin to see the possibility in their dream. It becomes realistic with time-specific steps.
My goals are not nearly as life-changing as theirs. In the short-term, I want to see my seniors finish strong and graduate. Before the school year ends, I want to choose the two plays we will produce, next year, and devise a schedule for production. Personally, I want to lose about twenty pounds by June 1 and get back to walking/running three times a week.
My long-term goals are to use the summer to devise ways to allow for more student choice, make better use of technology, and make my classroom more flip friendly. Student choice is important for engaging students in the learning process and having them take ownership of their learning. Ownership is especially important for the seniors as they will move on to greater responsibility in life. I want to improve the SAMR model (see description and examples of SAMR in a previous post by clicking link) levels on assignments and assessments, to provide more authentic technology integration. In addition, I want to create videos for some lessons to offer opportunities for flipped learning.
Personally, I want to train for and complete a marathon in the spring of 2018 (a few, but I will start with one). I will use this marathon as an opportunity to raise money for a charity. I want to spend more time focused on my children and wife. I want to dedicate specific days of the month to each child. I want to return to my prior habits of being the “card guy.” I used to leave random cards for family and friends to encourage, thank, and sympathize. I want to do it again. Finally, I want to blog weekly for the next year.
Each of these goals will take commitment, deadlines, and daily steps to fruition. I will share my journey as the year progresses.
Please share your goals, thoughts, and encouragements. Or let me know your thoughts about my blog. Your feedback is important in helping me to reflect, learn, and grow. Thank you for reading.