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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Teacher Tuesday: September small goals

OK, so I'm a little late. September is definitely flying by! But in any case, I'm linking up with Jennifer at The Yellow Brick Road to share my September small goals. Setting small goals each month has been a great motivator for me- check out the linky party to see what everyone else is up to this month and maybe you'll get inspired to set your own goals!

1. Don't eat out more than one meal a week.

I've written before about how much it freaks me out that I am now responsible for all 3 meals for all 3 of us every day, and that I have to have it all done before school every day. My goal is not to cave and order in or go out to eat more than one meal a week. That's more eating out than I have done in the past, but less than the number of times I am tempted to abandon my meal plan and let someone else do the cooking! I don't want the girls to get into the habit of eating out a lot, and I want to keep us healthy and within our budget!

2. Start using my new Chromebooks in my classes!

So exciting- I got 3 new Chromebooks for my classroom from DonorsChoose this summer! I got them in my room right at the beginning of the year but as with any new technology, it takes some time to get everything running smoothly enough for me to feel comfortable letting my students use it. With some of my classes reaching their first "music party" incentive, I want to get them up and running so they can use them in a center activity.

3. Experiment with some more organizing and decorating techniques in my planner.

This goal is both functional and just fun. For the past 2 years I have been using my planner to keep track of everything from lesson plans to home management to blogging, and basically using different colored pens to make things visually appealing and easier to find information. This summer I started getting into decorating my planner a little bit, with an emphasis on functional decorations (like color-coded stickers and consistent icons) and adding more color. Half of me felt silly about it at first, but I am realizing that I now look forward to sitting down and planning out my lessons for the week and getting the rest of my life in order too! So I'm going to continue to try out some different ideas until I find the ones I like the best. You can see what I've done so far in my planner share post

Well I've managed to set a goal for each of the 3 main topics I focus on here- home, school, and planners- so I think this is a good list! What are your goals for this month? Leave a comment, or better yet, go link up with Jennifer! :)


  1. Thanks for linking up! Your first goal is tough. Brandon and I eat out at least once every weekend. We both don't like/are not good at cooking, so it's an easy fallback. If it weren't for the pile of dishes afterward, I might be tempted to cook more often ;)

    1. Dishes used to really bother me, but for whatever reason they don't anymore. AND I don't even use a dishwasher. I never got in the habit, growing up and then working in East Asia, and with just 3 of us most of the time I don't have enough dishes to fill up the machine often enough to justify using it. I forget that I have it most of the time LOL!