Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New {School} Year Resolutions


I am the kind of person that loves to make goals and work hard to "make it happen". So I love that Amanda at Teaching Madness is having a New {School} Year Resolutions Linky Party! If I tell you my goals then I am really going to have to stick with them! I have a whole bunch of resolutions, so I just chose 4 resolutions for this coming school year to share with you:

#1- Class Website- I currently have a class website that I use to post podcasts and movies of things that we are doing in class, tips for parents, cool websites for kids and post class newsletters on. I always start off strong, and update it frequently but as the school year goes on...well you know!!! I want to keep it updated better throughout the ENTIRE school year! If you want to check out my class website, here is the link: http://palmbeachschooltalk.com/shopej/Ms._Shopes_Class/Home.html

#2- Throw-aholic- I am so bad at throwing stuff away. I am known for saying "Oops, I threw that away!" Perhaps I could get that a bit under control! ;)

#3- Conferencing With Students- I really want to be better at having deliberate and purposeful conferences with my students during reading and writing workshops!

#4- Utilize Volunteers- I am blessed at my school to have parent involvement and support. Last year I really slacked on utilizing parents' help, and I tried to "do it all". I really want to work on being less of a control freak and letting others help!

So now that I have told you all a few of my New {School} Year Resolutions...you are responsible for helping me stick to it! :) I am counting on you!!!

On a side note, I don't know if any of you still have student loans...I do! :( I just found out about this Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program. I don't know if it will be useful for anyone else, but I sure do hope so!

Off to spend more time with my great parents! My mom's big surprise is coming in just a few days...so we have to go shopping!!!! :)

Happy Tuesday!

14 comments:

  1. I just found your blog through another blogger site. I think it's neat that you have a classroom website. I'm thinkgin about it, but like you said, during the year time gets away and I know I will slack in keeping up with the posts. I may have to make that a goal for the following school year.
    Your newest follower.:)
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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  2. I just found your blog through the Linky Party! I am sooo glad I did! I totally have student loans that need to be paid (by someone else preferably) but I am just completing my 5th year now. I'm saving that document though! Thanks for that!
    And I am with you on the class website! It just gets so hard to stay up to date! That's one of my resolutions, too.
    Come by my blog,
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

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  3. Thanks for linking up to the party! I'm really bad about using volunteers, too...I always think it's just easier to do it myself! We really should learn to delegate. :)

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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  4. That's nice you have a class website...and I agree with #3...I want to have meaningful conferences with each child too. Best of luck :)

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  5. OMG yes - CONFERENCING! I need to add that to mine...I am TERRIBLE at writing it down. I feel like I conference a million times a day, but I have no proof of it. Thanks for stopping by my blog - I am now following you too! :)

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    1. Yes! You "hit the nail on the head"!!! I am looking for creative ways to document my conference (which is the hardest part for me!). If you find any tips or tricks, pass them along! :)

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  6. I loved looking at your class website. I'm going to try it this year; I hope I can keep up with it.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Carol
    Still Teaching After All These Years

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    1. Ooo I hope you let me know how it goes!!

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  7. Your resolutions sound great! I wish I could have a class website. Apparently ours have to go through our tech division and getting it setup and monitored is a big pain :( It took forever just to come get someone to put Adobe Reader on my computer lol! Thanks for dropping by my blog! I'm now your newest follower :)

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

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    1. Oh wow! That is intense! I have never used Adobe Reader! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. #2 has me rolling! I do the same thing! For me, if it looks like trash or I haven't used it lately, IT GOES! Sometimes that comes back to bite me, especially with my husband. OOPS!

    Margaret
    Kinder Journey

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    1. I am glad I am not alone on being a "Throw-aholic"!

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