Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New {School} Year Resolutions

I'm linking up with Amanda Madden's New {School} Year Resolutions!  I go back to work today - 2 1/2 days of meeting before I get officially get back into my classroom.  Perfect timing to write down those resolutions!

#1 Keep my desk organized.  It AWLAYS looks like a bomb has gone off on my desk.  I get distracted and leave piles. I started off doing great on this last year and then it kinda tapered off...

#2 New Ideas.  This one shouldn't be hard due to the wonderful teaching blogs out there, along with Pinterest.  I'd love to start making more of my own things as well.

#3 Writing!  This is a big push for us school wide.  Two years I read the book No More I'm Done! and it really opened my eyes on how to teach writing. I feel that writing is the HARDEST to teach because every year is different in terms of ability of the students.  So you have to cater your lessons more specifically than say, social studies.

#4 Leave work on time.  Yup, I'm guilty of staying late a lot. I would like to balance out my work/home time a little more.

Here's to a brand new school year!


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  2. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one with a messy desk!! Haha! I always feel like a slob! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! :)

    Second Grade Sparkle

  3. Definitely need to balance out my home and school time too. Going to link up with the New School Year resolutions tomorrow. Just found your blog because you were a winner on a blog I follow.Congrats! I am a new follower. Come check out my blog sometime.


  4. I can't tell you how many times I'm ready to walk out the door and say "I really should clean off that table"! :) I love teaching writing, but you're right-you need a lot of patience with these little ones! Glad to have found your blog! :)


  5. I like getting new ideas too, sometimes I have too many that I want to try, do or make!! Pinterest and blogs can be a bad thing! I just found your blog on the New {School} Year Resolution Linky Party, and look forward to follow you! I am your newest follower!


  6. Thanks for linking up to the party, Liz! I LOVE that I'm not the only one whose desk looks like "a bomb went off!" ;) Surely we can at least make some progress with that this year!

    Teaching Maddeness

  7. Writing was one of my resolutions last year. :) I agree it can be so's definitely not a one size fits all approach. :) Making sure I spent actual time on it everyday actually made more of a difference than anything...I had a tendency to skip a structured Writer's Workshop when we ran over in Math or Reading, and I finally just made myself do it everyday. Sometimes I didn't do a mini lesson, or only gave them about 20 minutes to write, but I always was so thankful I hadn't skipped it. :)