Our new school year officially starts Monday, so I've been thinking about some goals for this year! My first is the same every year. I want to stay on top of my grading. I struggle with this because there's always somewhere I fall behind. Last year I got food poisoning and couldn't do anything for four days. And, of course, it was right when my biggest class had essays due! I want to take more advantage of available time this year to grade. My second goal is to put more emphasis on independent reading. It's just so important. We're going to do it twice a week (once in class and one lunch study hall a week is school-wide silent reading). I've been studying how other teachers have done it and I'm excited! What about you?