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5 Focus Points for the 2017-2018 School Year

Recently I read "Focus: Five Things for the 2017-2018 School Year", written by Kristy, a high school English teacher at www.loudenclearblog.com. After reading her post, I was inspired to create a list of things to focus on for 2017-2018! That's one thing I LOVE about the blogging community. Inspiration is everywhere!

The reason why I wanted to post my focus points instead of just writing them in my planner or a random notebook is I want more accountability. So often I don't stick to goals out of sheer laziness. If y'all are keeping me accountable, then I am much more likely to keep a check on my focus points! We might even have some focus points in common and can hold each other accountable! :) Drumroll please.... Here's my list:


Organization 
1. Organization- I've always wanted to be organized! Parts of my life are organized. I have a planner. I use my phone for to do lists. Overall I am fairly efficient with some things, or at least I like to think so! This summer I am taking time to organize aspects of my classroom to optimize my organization. I am incredibly bad at staying organized! I am also a slight hoarder. In recent years, I have cleaned out when switching grades, moving schools, etc. But I still have so much stuff! I see teachers who are organized, and I want to work hard to be organized to ensure my classroom is as efficient as possible. Plus, I would really love to have more functional space, especially closet space.
A freshly organized drawer of post its might be every teacher's dream ;)

Goal Setting
2. Goal Setting- Since I am setting, and hopefully meeting ;), goals this year, I want to encourage my students to give it a try. I have prepped a freebie from @purely.primary on Instagram which is a template for students to keep track of their goals on sticky notes. One of my IG friends, @sublimeinsecond, had the idea of switching the goals out once they are met. I think that would be optimal versus having a goal per week. Since my school is also starting a Leader in Me initiative, I want to lead by example by modeling my goals and progress with my students. I envision this bringing together and encouraging my class to become a strong community. I am eager to see how it goes! 
My students will each have a card to place their sticky note with their goals. 

Writing
3. Writing- When I was in school, writing was never my favorite subject. I was okay at writing, but I did not gain confidence in writing until college. Sadly, I don't have great feelings toward writing so it's not my favorite subject to teach. This year I want to embrace writing and teaching writing to enable my students to love writing. I am teaching writing for an academic summer camp for a few weeks. Honestly, I was not excited when I realized I would be doing writing. This also made me realize how my opinions of writing could negatively effect my students. I don't think I let on to it, but I know my instruction would benefit from me loving writing more. My recent blogging adventure has also ignited a passion for communicating via writing. This also goes well with the next focus point...
Using How to Tell a Story to come up with story ideas was a hit at summer camp! 

Blogging 
4. Blogging- I want to continue growing my blogging portfolio and network during the school year. I see networking as a sort of professional development, because experienced teacher are where teaching gold is found! This is why I want to continue to blog and network on social media even when school responsibilities start to become more prevalent. If I stay organized day to day, that should allow more time for blogging ;) And let's be real, no one wants to see a messy classroom blog. Well some people may, kind of like that hoarders TV show, but I don't want that title!
My latest logo! 

Time Management
5. Time Management- This focus goes along well with the ones mentioned above. If my time is managed wisely, I can only imagine what great things I can accomplish! An ideal of mine is to leave school work at school. I was good about this last year, so I want to continue managing time well while I'm at school to avoid taking work home. Of course blogging and TPT would be accomplished at home. Those two aspects of teaching are like hobbies though! Efficient time management will also ensure I meet personal self care goals like working out, making time for loved ones, and me time. I have recently got back into my groove of working out, so I want to keep that a top priority throughout the year.
My Apple Watch keeps me in check! Click the picture for my blog post about why I love being an #applewatchteacher!

Now take some time to think, what do you want to focus on for the upcoming year? What goals do you want to conquer? I believe in you all! I would love to hear what focus points you have for yourself. Drop a comment below or connect with me on Instagram!




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