Mr. Geeky started off our before-dinner conversation by asking what everyone’s goals were this year. Everyone was a little goofy at first but then got more serious. Our goals include focusing more on school/work before doing “fun” things, spending more time together, walking every day, and getting up on time. We also set goals for each other, many of which were things we would set for ourselves. It will be interesting to see if we stick to them. But it definitely feels like we have some accountability.
This time last year, I was on the eve of a new job, and didn’t really know what to expect. This year, I know most of the kids (except the new ones), and I have a good idea what things will be like on the first day. As I told someone in a meeting, my goal for last year was to survive. This year, I have specifics. In general, I want to do a better job. To that end, I’ve done a heck of a lot of preparation for my new class. I’ve established a grading scheme for my middle school classes, and I’m planning to really assess the middle school curriculum after this year. I talked to some people over the summer whose curriculum was similar to mine, but arranged slightly differently. I think I’m going to do some rearranging next year, but it needs some thought first.
I also want to connect more to the girls in my homeroom. I think this will be easier this year because I know all the kids. It’s this part of the job that seems easiest on the surface, but is actually the most difficult. Every kid is different; every group of kids has a different dynamic. Figuring how to deal with all of that in a positive way is a real challenge. But I find it to be an extraordinarily important part of my job.
Personally, I have lots of things I want to do this year–staying relatively healthy among them. I’ve pledged to watch what I eat–mostly food, mostly green, less sugar. And I’ll walk every day. And I want to keep working on my programming skills–which are coming along quite nicely. I spent a lot of the weekend working on a pet project that has pushed my skill limits. But it’s been fun, and every day, I feel a little more confident about what I’m doing.
All in all, I think we’re ready for the year to begin. Bring it on!