It’s the end of the year, and with that, we are running into the usual pressures associated with a year of impending change. For some reason, June gives educators an amazing amount of stress. I was reviewing some posts from this time last year, and was amazed to find that there were odd similarities between what I was noticing then and what is happening now.
This summer is going to be an incredibly busy one, and an incredibly short one. It has the feeling already of one that will be fleeting. If that is the case, I’d like to begin by setting a few goals for my own growth this summer:
- Read. Here is the short list that I’ve put together for the summer:
- Re-Organize. A year in which I either ran or helped plan over 10 meetings a month can lead to a lot of paperwork and notes that need both organization and reflection. Pulling all of that back together will take a good few days.
- Re-Focus. As I indicated in the paragraphs above, the month of June has been crazy, but wit that crazy has come some good dialogue. I’d like to take part of the summer to craft goals that I have for each of the departments I work with and the elementary schools I am involved in. I’ve had many meetings this month where it was apparent that I am getting very little buy-in from the departments I work with. As with everything in education, the factors that go into producing that are only partially controllable by me, but that which is under my control, I’d like to sharpen and hone. I need to have goals regarding what I’d like to move towards with each of the departments, and then combine those goals with those of the members of the departments I work with. A shared vision; yes, I think that might work.
There is probably more, but it’s getting light out, and the kids are waking, which brings me to another goal for the summer. Leave work at work, and make the most of the daylight hours with my family.