Happy Wednesday, friends! Some of you might not know that I am a teacher by trade. I teach high school English, and tomorrow is my first day back at work after a wonderful summer off.
It’s always hard to get back into the grove of work after so much time off and it can be kind of a bummer because I love my days home with Jack so much, but I’m trying really hard to start the school year with a positive attitude. One thing I always do is set some new school year resolutions for myself. Setting some personal and professional goals helps me set my priorities so that when things don’t go my way (as they often don’t a classroom full of teenagers), I can focus on what actually matters and brush off the rest.
Here are my goals for the upcoming school year:
- Establish a morning routine to keep my mornings from being so rushed. This is a really hard one for me because I am NOT a morning person and usually want to sleep as late as possible, but I think getting up a little earlier and taking time to calmly begin my day without rushing around will do wonders for my attitude and mood. I want to include time for some morning Bible reading and prayer, a healthy breakfast for me and for Jack (Jeff leaves earlier than I do, so he eats at work), and time to actually get ready and get Jack ready so I can look and feel more put together for my day.
- Completely unplug on the weekends for family time. Being a teacher, there are always papers to grade, lessons to plan, and emails to respond to. I want to make sure I’m staying on top of my tasks, but also want to intentionally carve out time to enjoy being with family without letting work be a distraction. This goes for social media, too, so I will typically be signing off for the weekends to make time for family.
- Simplify my grading process so I can provide clear and quick feedback to my students. This is always a struggle for me. I teach English, and I’m always tempted to correct every little mistake I see in a student’s writing, which makes grading so time consuming and makes my feedback overwhelming for students. This year, I’m going to try to be more focused with my feedback and just pick a few things to grade for on each assignment so students know exactly what’s expected and don’t get overwhelmed by all my red ink.
- Don’t gossip in the break room. I don’t know if this is something people in all careers struggle with, but it’s a major problem for me. I tend to get pulled into the gossip and then feel bad for participating. This year, I’m going to try my best to stay positive and avoid all those gossipy situations, even if that means occasionally eating lunch by myself in my classroom.
- Pack lunch almost every day and save take-out for special occasions only. This one is both for my health and my finances. Last year, I ate out way too much. I gained weight (ugh) and killed my budget all at the same time. This year, I want to focus on meal prepping healthy meals for myself, Jeff, and Jack.
I will be sharing Back to School content every Wednesday this month, so check back each week to see what I’ve got! I’m going to be sharing some encouragement for moms like me who struggle leaving their kids at daycare or school, some school lunch tips, and some great ideas for easy and affordable teacher gifts.