There is no better time to make an official statement of how I intend to better myself than the new year when I can join the multitudes in our society by making New Year’s Resolutions.
So, I have been thinking about writing for quite a while now. I was having a difficult time finding the motivation. I can give a gazillion and one reasons why I should continue to put it off, but what good would that do? I read several professional books this past summer including Sparks in the Dark. The authors stated that teachers who want students to write should be doing that themselves. It’s time I own up and begin working on the skill I want my students to practice. My first official resolution for this year is to begin writing my blog on a more regular basis. It will assist me in reflecting on my practice and gain some feedback from some friends as well.
My second resolution this year has to do with one of my first loves, reading. As a child, I read every moment I could. Unfortunately as I grew into my teaching career, I found less and less time to do this thing that I loved. Sure I spend a lot of time reading emails, articles and professional books. I craved reading a novel, to read something that was not required or had a task or a deadline assigned to it. I just wanted to read a story. I needed to carve time into my day or evening to indulge in something that was of interest to me. So, I am going to read more for pleasure whether it be – adult lit, YA, MG, kid lit- whatever I desire. I have set a challenge to read at least 30 books (which are non-professional texts) this year.
My third and final resolution for this year is on the topic of “me-time.” I have this nasty habit of working- all.the.time. It can’t be healthy. I know that I can become overwhelmed with due dates, reports, assessments, and other requirements that districts and the state place on us as teachers. I am currently working on a mindset where I am trying to consciously make time for myself. I need to create a healthy balance of school, work at home, selfcare and socializing with others. To be honest, this may be my most challenging resolution to accomplish this year.
There it is. My official New Year’s Resolutions made as a public statement. I trust that my friends will be checking in from time to time to see the progress in which I am making towards my goals.
I pray the rest of you have a blessed and wonderful year!