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As I look ahead to the approaching school year, many thoughts cross my mind. Like many new teachers, I feel a bit overwhelmed with the immensity of the impending task. The desire to be a successful teacher is mixed with nervous anticipation and a few worries. Will I be able to establish and maintain rapport with my class of fifth-graders? Will I be able to motivate my students and promote a desire to learn? Will it be possible for me to meet the needs of the individual children in my class? Will I be a good teacher of reading? In an attempt to relieve my anxiety as well as to build a strong foundation for my first-year teaching experiences, I have endeavored to formulate some personal goals based upon how I perceive my role as a teacher. Hopefully, these goals will guide me through my first year in the classroom and help me in my quest for quality teaching.

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