I still get sucked into buying new school supplies like fancy pens, planners, and post-it notes, even though as an ITS, I’m expected to do everything digitally. But the back-to-school section at Target is like a homing beacon that I can’t ignore.
I also worry about the unknown future of the new year. Granted, instead of worrying about What if I get THAT kid?, I now worry about how many times THAT teacher will have problems or how often I’ll find myself completely clueless about how to solve a tech problem. I also wonder about what changes the year will bring. What will the new teachers be like? How will new content teams work together? What have other people done over the summer? My June was spent with 7th grade travel lacrosse…surely other people had more exciting vacations that I can experience vicariously.
Lastly, there is always the excitement that comes with a new year and the inherent resolutions. Comme prof de français, I always made a list of new things that I wanted to try. Bien que je ne sois plus prof, I still make lists. Here’s my list for this year:
1. GET BACK IN THE CLASSROOM: One of the reasons why I left my classroom was so that I could get into other classrooms and help other teachers who are amazing with content but could use some help integrating technology into their lessons. Last year, this was so rare of an occurrence as to be almost miraculous. This year, with an additional ITS on the staff, it is my #1 goal.
2. REFLECT MORE REGULARLY: I have this blog that I am very bad about updating. I also tried last year to send out a staff technology newsletter every other month. Towards the end of the year, that suffered. I’m hoping to make it more of a priority next year and to help inspire my teachers to explore technology tools that can help them to meet their academic goals.
3. STRESS LESS: Isn’t this always a goal for all educators? I don’t have a set plan for how I hope to achieve this goal, but will try to keep it as a mantra. As a teacher, I could see how my stress affected my students. The same must be true for my new role. It is very important to me that my teachers not equate technology with stress, so I have to do a better job at letting go of the things that cause me anxiety.
Do you have goals for the new school year? Or do you have tips for achieving my goals? Share them in the comments below!