I can say I am currently an active user of Twitter. I do not have a ton of followers, nor do I follow that many people (but that is more by design). However, I have found a lot of useful information through Twitter, and now find myself checking Twitter as a primary resource when I need ideas or articles. I’ve also developed a Twitter-strategy that works for me. I check it daily (usually over breakfast or lunch), and I’ll “like” any post that has an article that sounds worthy of reading. Then later in the week, when I have some time after the boys have gone to bed, I’ll scroll through my likes. I’ll read the articles, and file those that are worth keeping while “un-liking” the ones that I don’t find use for. I gave myself a B+, though, because I still have room for improvement. I could become a more active user myself, finding more people to follow and gaining more followers. I could use it as a networking tool. But overall, for having started on the social networking site this fall, I think I’m doing pretty well.
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Goal Two: Get My Writing Published in More Places
Prior to this year I had done a few blog posts for SmartBlog on Education, and some of those were picked up by Connected Educators and NWEA. My goal for this year was to write content to be published through more outlets. I currently give myself a C grade, which is passing, because I’m happy to say I’m having a guest blog posted on Edutopia this upcoming month, which I am very excited about. I also had a post of mine picked up on the Corwin Connect blog, and was asked to write more content for them, which I am excited about and flattered by. So this certainly qualifies as meeting the goal.
However, part of my goal was to move beyond just blogging and to submit a research based article to a publication. My friend (who has a similar goal) and I even sat together this fall and created “due dates” for ourselves, outlining specific steps we needed to take by certain times (i.e have our research done by Dec 1st, rough draft done by Feb 1st). I have not hit any of these target due dates. So as of right now I’m giving myself a C for the overall goal for meeting but not exceeding, with a chance to bring the grade up with some focused work on this article.
Side Note: Earlier to posting this, I stole some time alone in the library to do research. I may bring up this grade yet!
Grade: Still TBD
I am proud to say I will be speaking at the Metropolitan Math Club of Chicago’s Annual Conference in February, which I hope to make a regular occurrence. Other than that, I have submitted proposals to NCTM Regionals, and am writing a proposal for ICTM. If I get accepted to either of those, I will give myself a B grade or higher. If not, I do not believe I deserve a passing grade in this area, and I need to do more research to broader my horizons for opportunities to speak.
NEW Goal Four: Managing my emotions
Grade: Prior to making the goal - F
I have many faults. One of them is that I can get agitated and upset and let my emotions get the best of me. I can get emotional in meetings when I should remain calm. I can complain about things that bother me to people I shouldn’t. As a teacher, that didn’t really impact me too severely. But now, as a position of leadership, I need to hold myself to higher standards. That means I’m going to have to do a better job of not letting negative emotions get the best of me. I did a poor job of that this fall, and lost my cool in meetings and complained in front of teachers too many times. My goal for the second half of the year is to improve my handling of my own emotions.
If you’re on the teaching calendar, how are you progressing towards your goals?