Saturday, August 15, 2015

Goal Setting During Mat Leave - Reflective Blogging Part 1

     As excited as I am about being back in the blogging world, I am nervous that I will fall off the wagon again as soon as Baby Thompson arrives in 2 weeks?... 3 weeks?.... any day now?... I know I will need to maintain some semblance of focus, however, because I also resume my master's classes at the start of September. I am hoping *fingers crossed* to attempt to set aside some time every 2-3 days while baby sleeps (is that delusional thinking?) to work on my classes, blog, and attempt to maintain my sanity.
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Resourceaholic Reflects. (2014). Uploaded by Resourceaholic. Available online at: http://www.resourceaholic.com/2014/11/reflection.html

     One thing that I found that I think will help maintain my focus is Reflective Teaching Blogging Challenge hosted by Terry at Te@ch Thought. While the original challenge is a year-old already I thought it would be the perfect thing to keep me on track over the next little while.

DAY 1 - Write your goals for the school year. Be as specific or as abstract as you'd like to be.

1 ) Prep for the new classes I will have when I return in September 2016
- I am so excited to be taking on more social studies and science classes (at the high school level)! I will pretty much be coming back to my dream position and while half of the classes will be ones I have taught over the past two years, half will be new to me.
- As I gather resources, I will be adding them into my new Manitoba Resources page.

2 ) Complete my master's classes with a B+ or higher
- While I maintained an A+ average in my B.Ed degree, I averaged an A- in my first year of the M.Ed program.
- Despite adjusting to a new lifestyle this year, I want to achieve a B+ or higher in my classes this year.

3 ) Continue assisting with student council and attend 2 meetings a month
- I co-supervise our school's student council with a close colleague and I'd love to continue assisting in any way I can.
- I am an extrovert who gets depressed when I don't have an outlet to socialize; I am hoping that attending the meetings will give me a trip out of the house, visit the school, and show off baby :)

4 ) Blog at least 5 times a month
- This number seems very small to me when I see it written out.... but I am trying to be realistic!

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If there is anyone reading who has taken a maternity/paternity leave before, did you do anything school-related during that time or was it strictly family-time?

Are these goals at all realistic?

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