Now that it's June, I'm realizing that I need to set some goals for what I want to accomplish this summer before it's suddenly August and the back-to-school frenzy begins.
Next week, Shaun and I are keeping busy with math-y things. We're attending our local math teachers' circle's summer immersion workshop Monday-Wednesday. I'm excited for a chance to spend a few days talking math and working through challenging problems with other math teachers. The workshop is at a beautiful retreat, so the scenery will be a treat as well. Plus, the fact that I get to do things like this with my husband is awesome.
On Friday of this week, we'll be attending the OCTM (Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Summer Conference. I'm looking forward to attending presentations and picking up creative ideas to implement in my classroom next year. I'll be sure to blog about any awesomeness I pick up!
Another big plan for this summer is to take a trip. Following our wedding, Shaun and I spent a few nights in Oklahoma City (about an hour away from Drumright) with plans to take a "summer honeymoon" once school was out. We've confirmed that we still want to take this trip, but we have no idea where we want to go. We *think* we want to keep driving to a minimum, but we also like the idea of spending some time at the beach. Living in Oklahoma means these are quite contrary to one another. So, if you have any great vacation ideas, leave a comment below!
What else do I want to accomplish? I think I'll resort to a list now since I titled this post "Summer List" and it's just turning out to be a collection of paragraphs.
* Complete SBG skill lists for each subject I'm teaching next year. [Algebra 1 is done!]
* Write all my quizzes for each subject I'm teaching next year. I did this for Algebra 1 and (most of) Algebra 2 last summer, and it was a HUGE life saver.
* Of course, both of these hinge on this: Figure out what subjects I'm teaching next year!
* Put together a custom planner for next year. [Already in the works!]
* Start reading more! I love reading, but grad school got me out of the habit of reading regularly (unless you count reading educational journal articles about integer operations.) If you have any great book recommendations, I'll take them, too. Please. [I'm keeping a pinterest board of my recent reads.]
* Decorate and organize my new classroom.
* Put together as comprehensive as possible of a list of practice structures for the math classroom. [Contribute to this project here!]
* Finish changing my name with the handful of places I haven't yet.
* Keep blogging regularly. This should encourage me to keep thinking about ideas for the upcoming school year.
* Work on getting into better shape. I downloaded the Runkeeper app last week. And, Shaun has agreed to go running with me. Okay, it's more like 95% walking, 2.5% running, and 2.5% whining that I'm sooooooooooo out of shape. We went run/walking for the first time on Saturday. It was tough. I complained. A lot. But, I know it'll get easier the longer I stick with it. A couple of years ago, I made a list of goals that included running a 5k. At this point, I just want to feel more fit and be able to run for more than a minute without collapsing.
* Organize/Declutter my house. After living by myself for almost four years, the process of combining households after marriage has been interesting. I want our house to feel more like "our house" than "my house that Shaun's moved into." I think Shaun might appreciate some more closet space, too. ;)
* Try out new recipes. During the school year, I tend to fall back on cooking the same old favorites. I'm always bookmarking new recipes to try. I want to actually try them now! Some recent new recipes I've tried: Quinoa Taco Meat, Moist Chocolate Cake (SOOOO good in two layers with homemade whipped cream between and on top and sprinkled with crushed oreos), and Cheesy Vegetarian Chili Mac. There's also the fact that Shaun got a bread maker for his birthday, so we're learning how to use that. So far, he's made a 2 lb loaf of white bread and a 1.5 lb loaf of cinnamon raisin bread. It's tempting to just eat fresh bread for every meal of the day.
* Come up with a system for keeping up with housework. This has NEVER been a strong suit of mine. I'm a list person, so I think I need to come up with a list that tells me what to do when. Then, hopefully I'll actually keep up with it. I think I need a list that tells me what to do every single day, what to do once a week, what to do once a month, etc.
I'm sure there's a zillion things more I want to do this summer. Okay, I'm positive there is. I'm the girl that has a six page long to-do list word document on her computer. But, I doubt you want to hear about my plans to finally getting around to framing my undergraduate diploma and my plans to finally put together wedding photo albums (and an album I bought to commemorate our one-year dating anniversary...)
I'm thinking that I will revisit my progress on these goals at the beginning of July and August to reflect on how I'm doing.
What's on your summer list?