Sunday, July 29, 2012

New School Year Resolutions

What an awesome link up! Amanda over at Teaching Maddeness is asking what resolutions you are having for the new school year. Cute right?!?!

Some things I would like to make sure I do next year are:
 1. Take more pictures!! One of our Pre K teachers was ALWAYS taking pictures last year and I was so envious of how on top of it she was! This year I VOW to take pictures of activities and fun things that we do. I'm hoping to make a powerpoint of the year at the end and send it home for parents.

2. Get my life organized. Don't we teachers say this every year though? My plan is to use my teacher planner, stop using a filing cabinet, keep everything in binders, and stop leaving paper EVERYWHERE. I cannot even put into words how much I recycled the last week of school. Can't wait for y'all to see my Monday Made Its! I'm hopeful that some of my new made its will help me in my organization.

3. KEEP GOING TO BOOTCAMP. I am currently on week 5 and feeling so much stronger and happier. I'd like to keep going 4x a week, but I know how hard it is to get off of work and do something! Most of the time I just want to go sit on my couch and decompress from the day. I'm REALLY going to try hard to keep working out while working this year. That also means I WILL leave school by 4:30! No more 6pm and the sun's going down while I am still in my classroom!

4. Keep better notes on students. I really want CAFE to be full fledged this year. I felt like I didn't do the best job tracking students progress last year.

5. Integrate social studies into reading as much as I can. I really didn't get to teach any social studies this year... and that's just a shame!!

6. Spend more time with the boyfriend, dogs, and friends. I always feel that these get put on a back burner... and these are the most important things in my life!

7. Make breakfast every morning before going to school. This IS the most important meal, and our itty bitty muffins or french toast sticks they serve as school breakfast really isn't cutting it. And let's be honest, definitely not the most healthy thing to be starting out my day with....

I know there is so much more, but I don't want to overwhelm myself too much!
Ummm and are you watching gymnastics right now?!?! WOOOOOOW! I absolutely LOVE watching this. Did anyone else want to be a gymnast as a kid? I still remember watching the year that Shannon Miller and Dominique Dawes and Dominique Moceanu were part of the Olympics. Man that was an epic year. I would go around my house doing cartwheels and sommersaults (because let's be serious, what else could I do?). Sometimes I'd even practice jumps using the grout lines of my tile as an imaginary balance beam.'
And no I'm not doing that right now... ok.. maybe just a few cartwheels have happened :)


Amanda Madden said...

Thanks for linking up, Amanda! I always love to create a CD slideshow for the kids at the end of the year and this year I really struggled due to my lack of pictures! :( Can't wait to see your Monday Made-Its!

And, yes, I love the gymnastics and totally wanted to be a gymnast when I was little. I was also in love with Alexei Nemov (Russian gymnast) when I was younger! :)

Teaching Maddeness

Becca Morris said...

So many of us are moving towards binders for organization this year! Good luck to all of us! I am also going to be working hard on the CAFE binder.

Simply 2nd Resources

Susan Marchetti said...

Oh.... I'm really old.... I wanted to be Nadia Komonech (not spelling that right(.... She even had a theme song.

Angie said...

Yeah I am feeling old too now! I watched Mary Lou Retton; twirled around my living room while my dad awarded me "medals" and shortly after joined a local gym and lived my gymnastic dream! Didn't come even close to making the Olympic though. Bummer! Bela has always been my ideal though - what a guy!

Timeouts and Tootsie Rolls

Layla Wiedrick Henry said...

I found you on New (school) Year Resolutions linky! I love to connect with other teachers! I am going to go back and read some of your older post!
Fancy Free in Fourth

meghan said...

I was obsessed with those gymnasts, too! I was subscribed to Sports Illustrated for Kids growing up, and I loved everything I could get my hands on that had to do with olympic gymnastics. I wanted to be Dominique Moceanu! lol

Third Grade in the First State

Miss Trayers said...

My gymnastics career was cut short in 1st Grade-I broke my wrist on a back walkover and was just too nervous to go back *sigh*--a big regret.

Once you start taking pics, it will come more easily. My kids are so used to it now-they will say "don't you want to take a picture of this?" :)


Lisa said...

I love your idea of keeping better notes. This is something I am terrible at.....especially when it comes to discipline issues. Good luck with all of your resolutions and have a great school year!!

Kelley Dolling said...

Fantastic list friend. I am a huge "stacker" too. Once every couple of months I have to go through a huge pile that has magically appeared on my desk. It is a pain and I need to just get in the habit of putting it away at the end of the day. Ha . . . easier said than done, but I am going to try :) Great post today!

Kelley Dolling
Teacher Idea Factory

Stacy said...

I'm also working on adding more social studies into our reading classes. Trying to find that balance between meeting the Soc Studies standards but with a continued reading focus.
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