A Vision for the New Year

I love New Year Resolutions. Each year I optimistically make a list of goals. My goals are usually very specific and follow the “S.M.A.R.T.” template. “I will lose 20 pounds by eating healthy and working out 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes a day by June 1, 20XX.” I am a big fan of S.M.A.R.T. Goals but this year I decided to go for a more relaxed approach.

I designed my first vision board. My board included general goals for 5 major areas of my life: Spirituality & Faith, Emotional & Mental Health, Physical Health, Relationships, and Career & Community.

Making broad goals is not something I would typically recommend but for a person like me who often struggles with flexibility and plans obsessively, a looser format can be therapeutic. Although my goals are not measurable in the traditional sense, I am taking note of my progress and have already done a mid-month evaluation. See, I told you I plan obsessively. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

2017 Vision and Resolutions

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My 2017 Vision Board

Spirituality & Faith

  • Read through the entire Bible
  • Pray
  • Memorize Scripture

Mental & Emotional Health

  • Post affirmations
  • Memorize Scripture (yes, it goes here too!)
  • Clean out the basement
  • Travel

Physical Health

  • Make and drink green smoothies
  • Exercise regularly 

Relationships

  • Listen more
  • Affirm more
  • Give more

Career & Community

  • Professional Development 
  • Create business plan
  • Save money

 

Have you ever made a vision board? Did you make any resolutions for 2017? How are they going? We are only 3 weeks into the new year. Don’t give up!

 

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The Tale of Two Schools

If you check the list of National Blue Ribbon Schools (http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov) you will see the school I taught at last year listed.  blue-ribbon-centralThis is a phenomenal accomplishment but it makes me sad.  Why? Because I went from teaching at a school that was at the bottom of the bottom to teaching at a school that is now a National Blue Ribbon School (and rightfully so because Central is nothing short of amazing).

Juxtaposition this news with the fact that my previous school recently made headlines as well… for high lead levels in drinking water. High lead levels found in drinking fountains

I often think about the kids I left behind. How they deserve a school with a literacy curriculum in place. A school that doesn’t let first year teachers just figure it out standard by standard. What can I do for my babies still in St. Louis Public Schools or the Normandy Schools Collaborative and other failing districts? Right now, I’ve signed up to volunteer and read in early childhood classrooms. I am also working on developing literacy guides for African American themed books. I want to replicate my previous classroom work with literacy, math, and entrepreneurship using The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies at my community school.

Ultimately, I am working toward opening an Early Education Learning Center because an adult or team of adults miserably failed my students who started third grade on a kindergarten reading level. I want to help. At times the burden for change is so great it suffocates me. Then I take a deep breath and I say, “One day, one step, one child at a time.”