Here are a few:
- I returned to the public schools two years ago and began work on my CTEL certificate which would enable me to work with ELL students. I opted to take classes so that I could earn some units and move over on the pay scale. I finished my last class just before Christmas! Thank goodness! I only have my portfolio to compile and submit and then I WILL BE DONE!! It was a challenge to balance my classroom, my school, and my family. Needless to say, once my certificate is granted I will be taking a break from school - I think my kids and husband would kill me if I took anymore course work right away!
- As a result of my course work, I have become very interested in the ELL porgram at our school and the involvement of our second language parents. I hope to do more with this group and creater a greater sense of community at our school. Not sure if that is professional growth, but it is a need. Any suggestions?
- I have wanted to go to the California Kindergarten Conference for years but have never been able. My husband, a wrestling coach, has always held his tourament this SAME weekend. I may not get to go this year, but I can hope! I love getting new ideas and learning from the experts! Thanks to the blogging world I have learned so much and feel like a better teacher already!
- I want to really help our Kindergarten team get ready for the Common Core. I feel we are a little late to the party in our district and know there will be many changes that will need to be made. I look forward to learning more and using many of the resources I have found on TpT.
Lots to accomplish already, and it's not even 2013 yet!