Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Vacation, Setting Goals, and Cleaning the Garage

It's the first day of summer vacation and I am already thinking about how I can make the most of my time off.  I have found that if I publicly list my goals I tend to follow through with them. I set some goals for the 2011-12 school year and I am pleased to report that I was able to achieve these goals and then some. So! Without further ado I present:
My Summer of 2012 Goals!
  • Clean the garage:  My sister-in-law just retired after 20 years of teaching and I have inherited a lot of her classroom items - which have been dumped in my garage that was already in disarray. I am very excited to go through and see what goodies she has left me! Unfortunately in Texas, it's difficult to work in the garage when it's 90 degrees at 8:00 in the morning so it may take a while to get through everything.
  • Learn, Learn, Learn! Last summer I discovered a world of educators on Twitter and through blogging. This summer I plan to get some new ideas and learn even more.
  • Plan for 2012-13: I am already thinking of ways to make what I did last year better: Skyping with a purpose, making the most of student blogging, and fine-tuning the Daily5/Cafe routine are a few things that I will be working on. 
  • Relax, be healthy, and have fun! I am also going to limit my time on the computer this summer and make time for healthy and fun activities. It's very easy to get stuck on the couch with the laptop and not realize how much time has passed. 
Do you think it is important to set goals? 
What are your goals for this summer? 


  1. I hope to teach my soon to be high school senior how to be more independent.

    1. LOL! That's a good goal! I have one that just graduated, one that will be a Junior, and one that will be in 8th grade. We encourage independence around here too!

  2. I have one son who graduated last year, and my other son is in his last year of middle school. My goal for this summer is to organize myself and "find" myself. :-) After years of taking care of my family and students, I don't want "empty nest" to hurt as bad!

  3. Great ideas on goal setting. It's also important to stay on track with your goals and always see your progress.