On my way to an evaluation team meeting today (I want to write more about that...but don't feel I can confidentially...one bad thing about being myself online and not having a blog pseudonym), I had a bit of a heart to heart with my boss (principal).
You might think, "on the way" isn't very long...but picture 100+ outdoor stairs from the school building to the admin building where the meeting was being held...lol.
Anyway, he was asking me how things were going, if I could believe that the year is already almost halfway over, and how time has flown in the 1.5ish years I've been in VA. He also mentioned that I have 30 more years to go before retiring. After that comment, he asked about my professional goals: When you're getting ready to retire, what do you hope to have accomplished/done?
At first, I didn't know how to respond. I'm not much for long-term planning. I'm lucky to know and have decided that I indeed will be staying in VA for at least one more year...to think 30 years down the road and wonder about what I hope to have achieved/accomplished?! That's way out of my comfort zone. Not on the horizon, even. I did answer him, however. I said that I want to get my Master's. The program I want might be closing, so I need to do more research, but I would *love* to do something along the lines of math/science instructional design/curriculum or, like the program I originally wanted, Deaf Education with a focus on math and science instruction.
I guess as a long range goal after that, it would be neat to be a tech facilitator (like @msgregson is studying to become), or a math specialist. I think I would like to be a consult or resource for the elemetary teachers (at least in my current school) with ideas and maybe even push-in math-specific services. There currently is no such position at my school, but I think it would be neat.
Just thought I'd share what my current thoughts are about long-term goals...any thoughts?
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