Thursday, January 31, 2008

Okay. . well, there have been some big changes

It's been awhile since I've posted and that's because there have been some big changes happening. I got a job offer and I've been trying to decide weather to accept or not because I've only been in my current position for six months. Today I've made the decision to accept and I'll speak with my employer on Monday about this matter.

The exciting thing is that I'll be moving into a director position at a center right in my own city. Currently I drive approximately 39 miles one way five days a week. That is a total of 390 miles per week and 1560 miles per month. I can get approximately 270 miles per tank of gas, so that is about six tanks of gas per month. Gas in Wisconsin is 3.08 per gallon and my tank holds about 12 gallons, so it costs me about 37.00 to fill my tank currently. By switching to my new job I will be saving a total of 222.00 per month--and that would be if my salary wasn't going to be higher (I will be paid about 1,500 more per year). This would be a great start to an emergency fund.

Anyway--that is the plan and for that reason, this blog will begin to take a new tone as I transition from my primary role being that of a teacher (and a supervisor and an administrator) to my only role being that of an administrator. Watch for changes soon.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Goals for school!

Well, it's six month review time and that means that it is time for me to think about my goals at Head Start. I have a few goals that I'd like document here so that I make sure that I REALLY follow through with them.

  1. I will provide my teacher assistants with at least one hour of additional training per month that relates to Creative Curriculum.
  2. I will provide the parents of my students with one special training this school year, in addition to the monthly center parent meetings that are regularly held.
  3. I will make sure that I follow up with families the following day if an incident report has been filed out regarding their child.
  4. I will work to obtain my Wisconsin Registry Administrator's Credential.
  5. I will work to bring the FISH! Philosophy to my coworkers, teacher assistants, and supervisor.
  6. I will utilize the Project Approach in it's entirety (not just bits and pieces as I am now).
  7. I will work to incorporate more Responsive Classroom approaches into daily classroom activities and life.
So, I ask you, as fellow teachers, what are your teacher goals of 2008?