"It must be nice to have the summers off."
If I had a nickel for every time I heard that or some variation on the theme, I could retire. I do believe it is the single most irritating phrase one could utter to a teacher. That said, it is nice to have the summer off. What do I do with all of this free time over 8 glorious weeks?
It is a little over half way through 2014 and I have decided to revisit my New Year's Resolutions and see how I am doing. My resolutions are below, along with some commentary on my progress.
I resolve that in 2014...
1. I will regularly post to my blog with the goal of at least one new blog post per week.
This lasted about 6 posts. I am using this mid-year review as a chance to jump-start the process.
2. I will post one picture a day to my 365 Project account to create a visual record of 2014.
This did not even last a week. I do take many pictures, but tend to be organic instead of organized when it comes to timing. Lesson learned.
3. I will keep a record of the books I read on Goodreads including a written review of some sort not just stars.
Success!!! I have accomplished this goal and in the process have recorded and briefly reviewed 60 books since January 1st. It is a great way to hold myself accountable for what I read. As an added bonus I found that some of my students were using my Goodreads page as a suggestion list. :)
4. I will not feel compelled to join every social media site on the planet just to try to keep up with the teeming hordes. I will just use the media which make sense in the context of my personal and professional life.
Check. This goal was easy as there are only 24 hours in the day and I do not want to spend all the waking ones online. I am on Facebook primarily for personal use, Twitter for keeping up with my Professional Learning Community, Pinterest to archive/curate resources for students and teachers at my school, and Instagram as a means of occasionally sharing photos with family and a few close friends. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Forbes Magazine, approximately 8% of people achieve their New Year's resolutions and 49% of people achieve infrequent success so I choose to feel good about what I've accomplished.
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