Like to gamble? I have a safe bet for you. Chances are if you’re reading this on Labor Day you’re NOT a New Jersey educator… or you’re and educator from NJ who can’t fall asleep.
Labor Day is far from a day of relaxation for most. It’s a day filled with anxiety, last minute errands, and what-if’s — ranging from what to wear to see everyone again to what will the suits drone about this year. From experience as a teacher Assistant Principal, Supervisor, and now Superintendent, we ALL think the same things.
We all also try to set goals for the upcoming school year. One goal I am going to really try working on – my proofreading.I have always made the argument that I can’t proofread my own work because I wrote it. And the mistakes piled up as a teacher. To the point where one f my coworkers said “Jay, you really need to proofread your stuff.” Fast forward to today… she still proofreads my stuff.
When I became an Assistant Principal, I told myself that my secretary would do my proofreading. Two weeks later, I got an email from my boss basically saying “Jay: proofread your emails… OR… people will start talking about you.”
I had typos on forms, emails, and even parent letters as a Supervisor. I was ashamed.
As if all of those things should have warranted a wake-up call; it didn’t. What did? My posting as the Superintendent in a school yearbook. I found over five errors. While I insisted that I submitted a revised draft, it still was printed. Not cool.
So, yes, this year, my back to school goal is to proofread much more. I really don’t want to eat Grandpa, but I could go for some synonym rolls…