Sunday, December 28, 2014
This year I plan on staying on top of things. I have been so consumed with switching grade levels, planning a wedding, and taking a class online that I have been neglecting many things.
Personal- I want to focus on getting into the habit of saving more and looking into options for when I retire. I believe by putting extra thought into this I can accomplish this by, setting alarms on my phone bi weekly to move money. I also considered for Christmas doing the 52 week challenge. We all know how much Christmas can add up.
Professional- I am going to try extremely hard to have papers graded as they turn them in. I find myself stressed with large piles of ungraded papers. Before the holiday I grabbed an accordion file folder from my basement and began paper clipping assignments together. This sounds easy enough but it was just a huge pile of mixed papers.
I am the queen of rushing to the copy machine at the last minute. So I want to try to copy ahead of time. I also want to put more awareness in double sided copies for the sake of the tree.
I also want to communicate more frequently with other teachers. I would like to establish a greater social network in order to exchange ideas with teachers around the US.
Finally, I have a ton of documents that I need to add credits to and add to TPT. Each weekend when I make things, I tell myself I will do this at some point. I am making one day a week dedicated to updated existing files, adding credits, and uploading to TPT. With this I will be more aware of comments to my free downloads & providing deserved feedback to all the teachers who work hard.
Planning- I discovered www.planbook.com earlier this year. I want to better utilize such a great resource. I will add the files to the lesson more often and actually print it out. I will print it out so I will not have to give a sub my password last minute because I forgot I was out =).
Organization- After spending over 5 hours organizing my closet I vow to keep it clean. I also vow to put things away instead of shoving them into a corner. I have been successful for 2 weeks.
I will also keep my car clean. I got myself a $2 trash can from Home Depot. I have been putting my trash in there instead of the floor. Once again, I have been successful for 2 weeks.
Now, the dreaded to do list. I am trying to keep it in a cute little notebook in my purse. I have been ok with it, but not perfect. I forgot about it often. Same thing with my planner. I am trying to put more of an effort into adding and crossing out task on both books. Forget digital todo list. I never look back and forget those as well.
Students - This year I want to help my students build there confidence in their academics. Many of my students seem to second guess themselves, therefore I want to find ways to give feedback that is going to help build their mindset. I am currently in a class for my district and reading many articles about growth mind set vs fixed mind set. I want to find ways to help students create a growth mindset. ( I know that it may not change, but I can help build confidence). This will require some trial and error, but what doesn't?
I want to also encourage conversations. I know this may seem silly, but I used the word conversation in my classroom the other day and they had a dumbfounded look. They did not know what this word meant. I will look for some conversation pieces. I will use some technics that I have seen in my class for the students to listen and to have a turn to talk. Even as adults this may be difficult, but what a great life lesson for students.
Motto - " A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her" is my motto. I plan on being even more successful this year. It is my mission to do better this year than last. Obviously I have not have physical bricks thrown at me, but being a young teacher that is new to a grade level has it challenges. I am grateful for my team who have kept me from crumbling this year. My gratitude is always growing.
This year I plan on trying to be successful. I will have many changes this year. I will probably change grades again. I will change my last name ( though the blog will remain the same in my grandpa's honor). I will be a first time aunt. So many new things to look forward to in 2015 and we are still a couple of days away.
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