I'm the part-time principal at my small Lutheran school. This year at the back to school meetings in August I challenged my staff to set some goals for the year. I gave them the following four areas to set goals in: Personal Life, Professional Development, Faith, and Classroom. Today we had our first regular meeting of the year. (We meet once a month regardless, more if necessary). When I got home and re-hashed the meeting I remembered my goals. I don't have them at home with me but I feel like I might have forgotten about them for too long and that I need to get back on track.
This meeting sparked these thoughts because one of my professional goals is to present at a conference. We have an annual Lutheran Church Worker's Conference every October and the schedule of presenters came out. a few people who are my age or younger are presenting... I want to be the teacher who has knowledge to share in public forum. I talked with a co-worker last year about it, but we didn't get anything together. Next year! I want to have something together enough to present at conference. Nothing earth-shattering. Maybe it's as simple as sharing some great resources. Maybe it's deeper than that. We'll see.
Another one of my professional goals is to read two books that will aid in my classroom teaching. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I like to read Ron Clark every year. It gets me excited about all the possibilities...but I need something else. I need a trip to Barnes & Noble to peruse the teaching books and see if something strikes my fancy... Anyone have any suggestions?