The message below was written by one of our middle school teachers in our February newsletter. I think she has a very timely message as we enter the winter blahs! Spring is just around the corner -- how are you doing on your goals?
Where has the time gone? It seems like just a few weeks ago we were in our first couple weeks of school and now we are already a few weeks into the third quarter. Can you believe you are half-way done with the school year? With that being said, it is now time to look back on the first half of the year and reflect. What are things that you are proud of accomplishing? What are some things that you wish you would have accomplished and what can you do to accomplish those before the school year is over?
As a middle school teacher I am constantly checking in with my students to see how they did on assignments, quizzes, tests, projects and speeches. It is so rewarding to see them and their teachers get excited when they have done well on a particular assignment, test, or project. The reality is, though, that we don’t see that excitement all the time. It is then that you have to take a step back and ask yourself, did you do everything you could or could you have done more. I am always reminding the students I see on a daily basis that the habits they have now are the ones that will carry them through the rest of their lives both in and out of the classroom. If they are seeing things happening that they are not satisfied with, now is the time to change them.
I encourage you to sit down and take a few moments to look back on the first half of the year. Think about the things that you have done well, and what is it that you did to make them turn out to be so positive. Remember those things and continue to do those and strive to make those even better. Also think about the things that you wish you would have done better on. What is it that you could change to make those scores and efforts improve. Make a list of goals, both short and long-term for yourself, then every few weeks take a look at those goals and ask yourself, am I doing the things I need to achieve those goals or can I do more?
I will leave you with a quote that I look back at quite frequently by Nastia Liukin, “Set daily, monthly, and long term goals and dreams. Don’t ever be afraid to dream too big. Nothing is impossible. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve it.” Believe in yourself, you CAN do it! Here is to a great second half of the year, let's make it our goal for it to be more successful than the first half of the year!