When Martyn tweeted me to review last year's teacher5aday pledge my instant reaction was that I didn't want to look at it, knowing how badly I had followed the pledge!
So here is the quickest review before I move on to what I will do better this year:
#connect - visit the staff room more often... I've been going every Friday breaktime and talking to more people around the school in other ways, I haven't quite lived up to the pledge but it's not too bad.
#notice - The positives. I think I've done this fairly well, although I could've shared these more.
#exercise - This is the one I've been avoiding... I have been going swimming, although still not as regularly as I'd like. Never did start going to the park run, maybe when it's warmer?
#volunteer - I got an email just the other day to say that a year later I am still waiting to be matched up as a phone befriender for Age UK. Maybe I should've found something else to do when that clearly wasn't happening?
#learn - ha! Italian I said.... didn't happen, not even slightly. A few minutes on Duolingo maybe?
For 2018 I am going to learn from the past and try and make my pledges achievable, so without further ado...
#connect - I am promising myself to keep in touch with my friends better than I have been. I'm very lucky to have a group of friends from secondary school and one uni friend that it's very easy to catch up with, even with no contact in ages - but it shouldn't be this way. I'm going to make an effort to keep in touch more often.
I am also going to try and connect more on Twitter. At the moment I feel like I sit on the outskirts watching what is going on and occasionally interacting with a few people, I want to change that.
#notice - I'm starting a Bullet Journal and will make sure I spend time every day noting down the positives, tracking my habits and reflecting on the day. This should encourage me to notice much more.
#exercise - I don't want to be too ambitious here. Lets start with swimming on Tuesdays and then maybe Park Run once it gets warmer?
#volunteer - After last year's disaster I'm going to look out for another opportunity, although I don't know what just yet.
#learn - I'm on the pilot for the Chartered Teacher programme so I think the amount of reading and reflection for that will lead to a fair amount of learning.
Here's to a more successful 2018 #teacher5aday than the 2017!