Happy New Year!
In the words of Calvin, “It’s a new year…a fresh clean start!” That’s a wise observation (especially for Calvin). I suppose that’s why we make resolutions and set goals–we sense the opportunity for a fresh, clean start and desire to seize the opportunity.
I’ve set several goals for myself this year. Some are personal, some professional. As I reflect on my first semester at SkyView and all that I’ve experienced and learned (and still have to experience and learn), I wonder what it is that I can do to better help our students get a great education. To that end, there are two goals that I am going to pursue this semester. I have a few ideas for measuring these and keeping them at the front of what I do each day, but here is the gist:
- I am going to increase my availability and support for my teachers. I want to double the amount of time that I gave them in the first semester. I’m going to do even more observations, provide more feedback, and increase the support I give my staff. It’s the teachers that have the most direct influence on student learning–I have to make sure that they feel supported and can be successful each day.
- I am going to increase my availability and support for my students. I want to triple the amount of time that I spent with students this past semester. I’m going to spend more time in the hallways, drop by more often during lunch, and spend some time helping to tutor students in math during advisement. I love these students!…they are amazing! I don’t just need to spend more time with them…I want to spend more time with them.
So those are a couple of my goals. What about you? The thing to ask yourself is “What opportunity do I have?” What goal will you set for yourself…perhaps something around effort, attitude, focus, support, encouragement, or relationships? This is your chance. Seize the opportunity. Embrace the new year and the fresh, clean start it brings.