Explore was the word I wanted to encapsulate the year 2011: I had just graduated from college, and I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do next; there was one thing, however, I was positive about, and that was traveling internationally. My plan was to get my first passport and travel to as many countries as I could throughout the year, and I did: In January, I went to Paris and London for my college graduation trip; in March, I moved to South Korea to teach English for a year; in August, I went back to Europe and checked Greece, Italy, and Spain off of my Life List; and in a week, I’ll be taking a trip to Thailand. Seven countries in one year. Not bad, not bad at all.
Two-thousand-twelve is here, and as much as I’d love to use explore as my word for the year again, I’m not going to. I do still want and plan to do more international travel in the future, but that’s not going to be my main focus for this next year. Instead, my main focus this year–my word for 2012–is educate. I’ve mentioned in a recent post that one of my main priorities right now is to work on my career as an English teacher; well, the word I’ve chosen to encapsulate 2012 pertains to this goal of mine.
Ways I Plan to Educate and Be Educated in 2012
1) Read one book a week. If I successfully complete this goal, I will have read 52 books in a year!
2) Be diligent about studying for the exams I’m going to have to take to get into a credential program/grad school: CSET, CBEST, GRE, etc.
3) Be better about staying up-to-date on current events, especially those pertaining to the education system.
4) Blog consistently in order to keep in the practice of writing and improve my writing.
5) Study English grammar more and really know it, instead of always trying to remember what I learned in grade school.
6) Fulfill the requirements to become a substitute teacher and get more teaching experience.
7) Read books on how to become a better teacher and get advice from awesome teachers/professors I’ve taken classes from in the past.
8) Start compiling a portfolio of the lessons and English camps I’ve taught.
9) Become TESOL or TEFL certified.
10) After I move home, get hired for a job that will add to my teaching experience and boost my credibility as a teacher.
In three months, I’m moving back to America. The closer that day gets, the more nervous I become, because I’m scared of not being able to find a relevant job when I move back, and I’m even more scared of not getting into a credential program/grad school. Essentially, I’m afraid of failure, especially when it comes to work and education because I’ve always prided myself on being a good student and having a job since I was 14 years old. However, choosing educate as my word for 2012 and making a list of how I’m going to get my career going has helped shake some of those scary feelings away and make me a little more confident about accomplishing my new goal. Because now, I have a game plan, and that’s the first step of efficient and successful goal-setting.
What is your word or resolution for 2012?