As week three hits I’m already well into deciding what goals I have for myself and my students. These are not to be confused with the goals I have for my self care and looking after myself – rather, these are with regard to my students. The ones that I see in front of me on a day to day basis.
This year my timetable is a little different but I still have individual goals for each of my classes.
My timetable is roughly this:
Level 3 Internal – One main class and 2 one hour relief lessons. (So 3 level three classes in a way.)
Level 2 General
Level 1 Advanced
My goals for each class are as such:
L3 – Critically engage with written and visual texts in order to make meaning with the world around you. And, think about the impact that you have on those around you.
L2 – Think critically about how texts can manipulate you. Think critically about your place in the class and in the world.
L1 – Critically engage with the world around you and think critically about the texts that we study.
10BYOD – Build on your general knowledge and expand your vocabulary in order to improve deeper level thinking.
These goals are all very similar but each is actually very important. I think the overall skill that I want students to improve on is deeper level thinking. There are so many connections in the world and I’d hate for students to miss out when we have a wealth of information at our fingertips.
In order for me to help the students meet these goals I have started a class weebly that the students and parents can check on to see important information and weekly updates. Although it may seem that I’m doing extra work I’m actually hoping it will cut down on unnecessary time spent sending letters or emails – but we’ll see how that goes.
My personal goals in my classroom include:
Regulating my voice more. I don’t like raising my voice and, although I very rarely shout, I have a tendency to fall back on a loud voice to get attention.
Focusing more on my teaching rather than everything else that I need to get done. (To Do lists are my friend.)
Allowing students more time to discuss and develop their understanding. I want them to build their growth mindset and I have to continue to build mine in order to help do that.
As for my self care – if I am honest I haven’t been as good to myself as I could be. Even as I type this I feel as if I haven’t done enough, though it is just Monday. This is something that will always be a work in progress.
What goals do you have for your classroom? Life? Day?