Monday, December 6, 2010

5 Year Plan

Last week, the intern from the guidance department provided our students with a graphic organizer to help them consider their long term goals.  The sheet was to help decide their 5 year plan.  I decided that I could probably use some guidance and attempted to complete the organizer myself.  The first task is to identify 10 times that will happen within the next 5 years.  Some of mine included: moving into the district, learning to speak Spanish and travel in South America, teach for at least 2 more years in an urban high school, begin working at a junior college, run an ultra marathon, hopefully meet my future husband, live on my own, get married, move to a new city (maybe).

After that, it starts to break it down with "what will you be doing in 5 years, 4 years, 3 years, ect." 5 years was way to far away to even think about, so I thought it would be easier to start with 6 months.  I was able to come up with 3 things that I thought I might do within the next 6 months:
1. finish the year at my school (I've made it this far, I think I can survive the next 6 months)
2. date someone (hopefully? it's bound to happen eventually) and
3. Train for an Ultra marathon (I pick back up half marathon training tomorrow and hopefully working my way up)  

Coming up with those three took me a long while, while talking to my friend Brad (check out his photography  at www.bradtroyphotography.com (he wanted me to "like" him on facebook, which on principle i refuse to do so this is the best I've got)) He told me to start with thinking about what I will do tomorrow.  My response was, "hold on and hope for the best"  my school makes it impossible to accurately plan for the day.  Traffic can make me an hour late, schedule changes happen on the fly, meetings are scheduled with no notice, teachers don't show up,or students are off the chain. 

Now, I've always believed that I was a very easy going person, but if I've learned anything during my first year, is to be incredibly patient and flexible.  I've also learned that despite how stubborn and thick headed I am, I actually do well with taking orders and following the chain of command while at work. I suppose there is hope for me yet.  

As for a 5 year plan?  That will have to wait, I'm still working on my 5 day plan. 


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