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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teacher Tuesday: small goals for July

Today I'm linking up again with Jennifer from The Yellow Brick Road blog to talk about my small goals for July! Click on the picture to go see all of the linkups from other teachers, and get some inspiration and ideas to set goals for yourself this summer too!

I think setting small goals is always good practice- it helps keep me motivated and focused on my priorities. In the summer this is even more true. It can be so easy for to get sidetracked by a million little projects that I have been wanting to accomplish over the summer break and before you know it, the summer is gone and I never got to the main things I needed to do!

I linked up with Jennifer back in June to share my goals last month too. Here's a quick follow-up on how those went:

1. Survive the rest of the school year: Check! Actually the end of the year wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I even got my percussion group to perform a piece they put together themselves using cups for an assembly on the last day of school and they did great!

2. Stay positive on father's day: I think I did pretty well. I was a little mopey when I was sitting in church by myself looking around at all the families sitting together, but overall it was a good day and I was able to stay focused on the positive.

3. Finish setting up and start filling out my 2015-16 planner: Check! Well, I think I'm done setting it up but I'm always tinkering so you never know. I made a pretty and functional dashboard and a back cover with pocket to hold papers, and filled out a good chunk of my TPT/blog section in my planner. I also printed my holiday planner and added that to the back. I actually wrote about my latest DIY additions (dashboard and back cover) on Sunday (here) and my holiday planner yesterday (here) if you're interested :)

OK, so now on to this month's goals...

I'll be flying with the girls on a short trip to visit my grandmother for the first time since they were 6 months old! That means my first flight with two preschoolers. My sister will be coming along so it should be a fun trip, and I can't wait to visit some extended family for the first time in a long time. Still, I will need to do some serious organizing and planning before the trip! So I guess my goal is for the trip to actually be successful (as indicated by the number of tantrums from both children and adults over the course of the trip). 

Yep. I'm taking the plunge. I've been wishing I could get rid of this giant metal monstrosity from my classroom for a while now, but I've never been able to figure out where to put everything. I am always trying to find ways to free up more space in my classroom so we have more space for movement and small group activities, and this will definitely do the trick! Before the end of the school year I started sorting through things and finding new homes for them, so I think I can manage it this time. We'll see!

I have actually been quite pleased with how many get-together's I have managed to plan or attend already this summer. I'm a true introvert- I need a certain amount of alone time each day to properly function- and during the school year I'm pretty busy. I really want to continue to develop the wonderful friendships that I have been forming since moving here a few years ago, so I want to keep organizing and attending get-together's with friends- both playdates with the girls and grownup time with small groups of adult friends! :)

I think I'm going to stick with those for July. I don't want to put too much pressure on myself! What goals do you have for July? Head over to the linkup on Jennifer's blog and link up your own ideas, or leave a comment below! 


  1. Thanks for linking up! Also, I'm curious, what storage will you use in place of your desk?

    1. The short answer: lots of different places. The long answer: coming in a future post to a blog near you. ;)

    2. You are very brave to give up your desk. I don't think I could live without it.
      Thanks for sharing.

    3. Haha, I have become a little ruthless with getting rid of stuff in my classroom that doesn't need to be there I guess! I'm excited :) Thanks for stopping by!