Last year, I missed out on that feeling because I was on maternity leave at the beginning of the school year. When I finally did go back to work I just wasn't feeling the love for the job. I wanted to be home with my little baby. It also didn't help that progress reports were due the week I got back and I had to write notes on kids I hadn't seen yet. Summer break has given me a much needed rejuvenation and now that I've had some space from the job I've realized how much I miss it. I'll only be working 2 days/week this year and I think it'll be the perfect balance! I get to stay home with my buddy the majority of the week AND spend some time with my speechies each week. It sure is nice to have such a fulfilling career.
Each new year brings a freshness about it that I love. It's a chance to start over on things that weren't quite right and improve on things you've done in the past. Each year I come up with a few goals of what I'd like to achieve in the year to come. Here are a few that I'd like to address this year...
- Make a better language profile that helps me really keep tack of my language kids abilities throughout the year.
- Try to form the most functional and beneficial goals for each student. Think BIG PICTURE. Is this helping them and can they apply it outside of my speech room?
- Make very brief lesson plans for each session. By brief, I mean brief! But I want to make sure every session has a clear cut objective that I stick to and that I've thought through how it will be helpful for each student. Kristen inspired me. I love her blog!
- Find or make good homework descriptions for parents. Describe different ways parents can help their child with each specific sound.
- Post objectives for each session for students to see. This would be really good for my language kids to understand why they are coming to me.