If you've followed my blog for a few years (and thanks to those of you who have!), you may have been wondering why it's taken me so long to write up my 2017 Back To School Goals—that's when I talk about all the ways I'm going to make this school year even better than the last.
Usually, that happens over the summer, when I'm starting to get excited about meeting new teachers or friends, or when Mom takes us shopping for pens, pencils, and cool notebooks. (I have Superman on the front of mine this year—I know, shocking, right?)
Anyway, I held off making my list this year because I wanted to settle into the new schedule. Get to know my teachers and fellow students, see what I might be up against, what challenges and opportunities I came across.
A few of my goals are the same—like increasing my math mark. I'm not failing, but it definitely isn't my favourite or easiest subject. So watch for some fun math puzzlers on the blog soon. Maybe we can learn together?
And of course, I vow to read more. I nailed my summer reading challenge (finally!) coming in at a whopping twelve books. I read almost half of them in the last two weeks before school started, though. Talk about cramming it in.
Last year, I decided to learn French, and not just because some of the Superman Duffy graphic novels were translated into French, either. (P.S. Have you read them? Did you know that if you're in Alberta, your teacher can order them for the school library?) I'm not fluent in the language yet, but I did manage to read the seven books that were translated!
Obviously track and field is important to me, and I practiced my running all summer at my grandparents's canola farm. I'm sure my coach will see an improvement in my sprinting times. This year, I'm going to focus a bit more on distance running, to work on my endurance.
So, what does that leave? Yup, you guessed it. Writing. I barely wrote anything last year, and I didn't even draft a short story during the break. <Gulp.> I'm going to do NaNoWriMo again this November (that's where you write a book—or in my case, a long short story—in 30 days) but I'm really going to set myself up for success, because over the next couple of weeks, I'm plan to plot my story and sketch out my characters. To make myself accountable, I'm going to talk about my story, and maybe share some of my writing, on the blog. This blog. What do you think?
Okay, I've talked a lot about my school goals—what are yours? Are there any we could do together? Like share writing, or review books, or test each other in math? Let's brainstorm!
Gotta jet—it's almost time for me to leave for school. Happy Friday, and have a great, and productive, weekend!
~ Chase Superman Duffy