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Mirror, mirror, on the wall – self reflections to start Term 4

This coming term, my students have set 3 goals for themselves – a Literacy goal, a Maths goal and a Habits of Mind goal. As we all know, goal setting is a useless exercise unless there is some sort of constant reflection.

Throughout this year I set some goals for myself. I set 14 goals as part of the #nurture1314 challenge as I blogged about earlier. Some were personal, some were professional, but they were all important to me. I achieved some of them quite easily – I moved house, which saw me walk to school regularly, I committed to a sport (aerial yoga) once a week and I researched a variety of classroom practices which I hadn’t heard much about before.

There are still a few that I feel I haven’t quite achieved yet. As we are about to begin the last term of the school year, it seemed like a suitable time to reflect upon them and see what I need to focus on.

#nurture1314 goals still to be achieved:
3. I wish to be more of a presence in the classroom – I wish to inspire students to lead – hopefully by helping to run the Primary SRC in 2014. I’ve come up with some great new ideas and projects that I hope to launch with the support of the students and my colleagues, such as a Christmas stall with handmade items, where students can purchase gifts for their family members.

4. I wish to share my experiences about disabilities with my students. In 2011, my 23 year old autistic brother visited my classroom, and my students talked about it for weeks. I don’t think my family will be coming to visit, but there’s always opportunities to share stories.

9. I wish to read more. For business and for pleasure. Small goal, but I think one book per term and one book per holidays is achievable. I have managed to read a few books this year, but often never get to finish it, or lose interest.

11. I wish to clear my mind of what other people think. To hold my head high, knowing that I’m doing my best is something I owe myself.

14. I wish for regular visits to friends. One of the biggest challenges of living in Mildura is the isolation from friends and family. I’ve realised that physically visiting my friends isn’t always the logical option, so…Skype. I must try and use it more!

Last, but not least, I tried to ‘switch off’ as written in this blog post,

“I have opted for this…switching off from technology outside of school hours for two days per week – Monday and Friday…”

To be honest, I wasn’t successful at all in doing this. I found that Friday was my downtime, my weekend – where I wanted to scroll aimlessly through Pinterest for new recipes to try, or crafts that I’d love to, but will probably never start. I think I’ll have to redefine this last goal.

And on that note, I’m switching off for the night!

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