August Goals

It took me awhile to come up with my goals for August because I knew that despite the roll I was on, both planning and reading-wise, my schedule would be changing quite a bit.  It would be unrealistic for me to expect to maintain either levels of productivity.  With that being said, I was able to come up with three goals for the three major areas of my life.  I really did take the time to ensure that they were S.M.A.R.T. goals, which isn’t something I always do.


Reading Goals for August:

1.  Read daily for a minimum of either 30 minutes or 50 pages.

2.  Complete five full novels – (20 nonfiction articles = 1 novel).

3.  Write a review for each of the novels (nonfiction article sets) I complete.

4.  BONUS: Daily, read two articles my friends/colleagues share with me (either via email or Facebook).

Professional Goals for August:

1.  Convert my text notes from the previous year into Evernote.

2.  Create departmental meeting documents

  • Individual Meeting Form
  • Monthly Meeting Agenda (department-specific)
  • Create individual meeting schedule for the 1st quarter

3.  Create a database of articles to read for our PLC time

Personal Goals for August:

1.  Create weekly dinner menus the week in advance – preferably by Sunday.

2.  Create weekly shopping list based upon the menu created.

3.  Find an outside bookclub to attend

  • Local libraries
  • Barnes and Noble(?)

4.  BONUS: Family Budget

  • Update budget daily – easily done on Quickens
  • Create and maintain a travel budget/savings

March Currently & Goals

March Currently

Loving…that the weather is beginning to turn towards Spring, at least in Florida.  My poor family and friends up north are still suffering the Winter Blahs.

Reading…Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage I just finished this book on Saturday; you can read my review here.  I’ve decided to return to The Goldfinch, but only so that I can read another Murakami novel next.

Watching…too many TV shows.  My DVR is full of trashy Bravo shows, but the thought of deleting them makes me sad.  Maybe I really do have an addiction.

Enjoying…Fresh Fruit Crepes from First Watch.

Preparing…my list of goals for the month.  I don’t want a repeat of ambiguous goals that may or may not be moving towards an endpoint.  These will be tangible and measurable, per the S.M.A.R.T. Goal assignment I require of my students.

Learning…about another form of rhetorical analysis for my AP Lang students via Mrs. Anderson at YA Love.

Feeling…grateful for an awesome mom who helped me prepare 14 crock pot/freezer dinners for March.  Each recipe made two freezer bags/crockpots-o-dinner


  • Cream of Celery Pork Tenderloin
  • Aloha Chicken
  • Thai Chicken
  • Applesauce Chicken
  • Salsa Chicken
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Maple Pork

March Goals

  1. Reading: Complete The Goldfinch and begin 1Q84
  2. Financial: No takeout lunch/dinner for the month of March
  3. Wellness: Gym time five days a week
  4. Professionally: Finalize my ESOL endorsement paperwork
  5. House and Home: Vacuum the car


Gratitude Posting Day One

This morning I addressed some personal issues that I am facing and some suggestions for how to overcome the negativity to move forward.  One of my SMART goals that I developed to help break myself out of the cycle is to record five things I am grateful for each day, three parts of my day that brought me happiness, and one way to make tomorrow an even better day.  I use this 5-3-1 strategy with my students when we view a video clip or read a text and I am looking for them to interact with it.  The criteria for each of the 5-3-1 segments is different than what I am using it for today, allowing me to personalize it for the specifics of the assignment and purpose.

Daily Gratitude

Five Things I’m Grateful For

  1. My understanding husband who supports me no matter what.
  2. Second chances and Do-overs
  3. The sweetest puppy in the world who greets me with as much enthusiasm today as the day before and the day before that.
  4. With the temperatures dropping each day, the heat in my home, car, and place of employment.
  5. Supportive friends who understand me and never let me forget that I am loved.

Three Things that Brought Me Happiness Today

  1. School Spirit.  Today was Class Colors day during Spirit Week.  While it shouldn’t really bring me happiness to see the competitive side come out between my students, what did bring a genuine smile to my face was seeing how it brought together the most unlikely of pairs within each grade level.  Students were complimenting each other on their outfits based on class-assigned colors, their face paint, and creativity.  Seeing them come together made me happy.
  2. The last class period of the day is a tough one to teach in for many reasons: students are squirrelly because they’re ready for the end of the day, they’re exhausted mentally, and I am both!  Today, I knew that it would be important to talk to my students about the culture in our classroom.  There are many different cliques present, so there is little cohesion socially.  Today we had a sit-down, literally on the floor, on the floor.  We talked about ways that we could come together as a group, the role that each of us plays in moving forward, and how we want to be able to communicate with each other going forward.
  3. Survivor was on our DVR when we walked through the door tonight.  My husband and I are big fans, so this is something we look forward to each week.

One Improvement for Tomorrow

  • A lot of positive momentum was established today amongst my students.  I am going to remind them that I am incredibly proud of how we came together as a group.