“Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.” Bernice Johnson Reagon
Blogging challenge. I’m always up for a good competition. It’s a way to motivate myself in ways I normally wouldn’t. This contest upon which I’m embarking is to blog about 30 different school-related topics. Some seem pretty easy, others , well, challenging. The first topic is to write about my goals for the upcoming school year.
It’s interesting that goals are the first subject on the docket. I always make goals before the school year begins. Well, almost always. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I wasn’t quite as spot on this year as I’ve been in the past. I could blame this lack of preparedness on many things, but the real reason boils down to me and my procrastination. This is the first year in ages I’ve not written out goals. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have any. I do. And now they will be written out.
One objective for this year is to acquire a number of laptops for my school through grant writing. I’m not a novice in terms of writing and receiving grants, but it takes a lot of work to find ones in which my project would fit the guidelines. Seriously, writing is the easy part. The difficulty lies in uncovering a potential granting opportunity.
Another goal is to incorporate more ideas from Kelly Gallagher into my instruction. I attended a conference in which he was the keynote speaker and, frankly, he shamed me. I’ve already utilized some of his ideas and know the more I use them, the more adept I’ll become as a teacher in this area.
Technology is always a big deal for me. This year I want to use technology more sagely in the classroom, in ways that truly challenge my students to problem solve and think critically. I’ve attempted this with one student who is pretty advanced. He’s got pretty much carte blanche to do as he desires on this project as long as he answers the essential question. To his credit, he has taken this idea and gone further than I anticipated.
A final goal I have is to collaborate more with colleagues, either in building or outside it. I’ve done things like this in the past and found great value for students and staff alike. A few ideas are percolating so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
This brings me to the end of completing the first day of the 30-day blogging challenge. Stop by and see what tomorrow brings or better yet, embark on this exercise yourself. Challenge yourself. You may be surprised at what you learn.