- Professional Growth – I spend some time each day on my professional growth by reading articles online. In addition to reading them, I try to reflect on the articles and respond there, or write about them here. If I’m really excited by something I learned, I want to share it with other educators.
- Job Search – As education administrator openings start getting posted, I am spending more time looking and applying for positions that are a good fit for my talents, skills, and passions. I am also looking outside of the school box at consulting, training, and other professional development opportunities. It is an exciting time as I move toward a new adventure.
- Personal Growth – Again, this is something that should be never-ending. I don’t read much “self-help” types of books for enjoyment (Give me a novel and a beach and I’m set!), but I am reading two right now. I read these types of books slowly, because I’m not very motivated to read them and because I want to get the most out of them as I can. One book I’m currently reading is about work life, in general. The other is for creating stronger marriages. I think growth can take on more forms than just “learning” in the traditional sense, too. I learned how to play laser tag a couple of weeks ago (so much fun), and got to enjoy my kids at the same time. My daughter will start junior high next year. I (along with my husband) are discussing things we need to think about now to prepare for that big change.
Overall, I think learning should be fun and beneficial. Will it always be fun? Of course not. But when it is, I’m more likely to continue it. Will it always be beneficial? Yes. I either learned something from the experience, or learned that I won’t have that kind of experience again. Change is hard to prepare for. I think the most we can do to prepare is to be open-minded, and attentive.