School begins for me today! Teachers are back and we have a huge district training today. I say huge, but that term is relative. There are ONLY 5 schools in my new district - 2 primary, 2 intermediate, and 1 middle school. The middle school has about 1,000 kids and the 4 others all run around 250. Compared to my previous district, this is a small drop in the pond. However, the entire district is getting together today for a motivational kick-off for the year. Kind of a nice touch, don't ya think?
School starting means big changes for me. I've stepped out of the classroom this year to some degree. I'll be working primarily with teachers, but will be in classrooms throughout the week observing, evaluating, working with students, team teaching, modeling strategies, and conducting field testing. The new role I am in has a full plate plus the dessert plate, salad plate, bread basket, and soup bowl. So, when I saw I Heart Recess' linky, I knew I had to write down a few goals to get me focused and to remain on track.
Organization: Because I am evaluating teachers and conducting walk-throughs to see implementation of strategies, I HAVE to keep my calendar busy. There is no way I can organize my time if I don't write it all down. It will save my sanity!
Planning: There are no lesson plans to write, per say! I still have to write for my weekly teachers' meeting and that is a different level of planning, but I shouldn't have to spend my Sunday night working on plans for a regular classroom. Of course, that is where my calendar and organization will come in handy.
Professional: I've been talking about it for years, but it is now time to start that doctorate. Many of the teachers in my building have their EdS, so I think I need to start it. I haven't decided the course I'll take yet, but would like to start in the spring.
Motto: Keep Calm and Ask Questions - In this new position, I can't just jump into something without knowing what I am doing. In my own classroom, sometimes we, as in the students and I, would figure things out as we delved into new territory. With technology, I figure things out as I go. With this position, I can't do that, so I have to take a deep breath and ask questions if I need to. Huge jump for me.
I'm linking up with I Heart Recess today! Hop on over and add your goals!