I have signed up for the 30 Goals Challenge for Educators.  After all, I find it hard to resist the 30-day-challenge model (although the 52 Painless Steps to an Organize Household Challenge seems to have fallen by the wayside).  Plus, it’ll give me an opportunity to interact more with the larger community.

They recommend that I start with a 321 introduction:

3 things I’d like you to know about me

2 goals for this year

1 achievement from last year.

Three things about myself?  Hmmm that’s difficult — I tend to avoid these questions and introduce myself slowly through my work.  However, it seems a little churlish to refuse to answer, so here goes

  1. I work for the ifp Program at New College, University of Toronto.  I love the smallness and vibrancy of the program.
  2. I have recently started a blog called Teacherpants.  Read it! Read it! Read it!
  3. I tend to be fairly skeptical, suspicious of technology, jargon, shameless self promoters (sorry about the outburst in Point 2), and sentimentality about education.  This doesn’t mean I’m a total cynic — I truly believe in what I’m doing — but I do like to ask a lot of questions.

I have 2 goals for this coming year.  The first is to persevere with my blog.  I’m hoping to carve out a niche in the blogging community, and with that in mind, I have set myself a schedule:  to post something twice a week and to comment on one post and like at least one other post.  This will get me writing and also push me to socialize a little more online.

My second goal is to be happy in the classroom more often.  I find that I am happier in the classroom than I was last year, but I would like to expand that.  When I achieve that state of flow, I teach well and I feel confident.  I’m not sure which is cause and which effect, but I’m working toward finding the magic formula.

One achievement from last year?  That would be my string of social media experiments, the most recent of which is the blog.  Writing for social media has woken up something in me that had been dormant for a long time.  These experiments have not been without emotional risk, and I’m proud of myself  for jumping in.

Anyway, I’m all psyched up for the Challenge.  I’m looking forward to meeting the other participants.