I'm linking up with I Heart Recess for her Back to School Goals Linky!
Personal: Killer B and I decided that we should spend more time out and about on the town, and less time in front of the TV. So we're making it happen!
Organization: My organization goal is huge. As I've mentioned before, I'm moving rooms. Right now all of my teacherly possessions are in one of three places. In boxes stacked in my new classroom, in boxes stacked in closets in my spare bedrooms, or spread all over my living room. Sooo much to do.
Planning: I read Teach Like a Pirate this summer and (what I'm writing here sounds uber-snobbish, forgive me) I couldn't help thinking throughout the whole book that it was full of great ideas that I already knew. I suspect a lot of you readers out there felt the same way. BUT, that being said I would recommend it to other teachers. I think it serves as a great reminder of why one should teach, and how one should plan. I'd like to make sure that I try to implement these ideas even more than I have in the past this coming year.
Professional: One of the big things I could improve on is filing ideas. I am awful at saving my ideas for the future. I have my lesson plans from prior years, but there are so many little things that I don't write into my plans. Inevitably the next school year comes around and I think to myself, "What was that alternate for 'Class-yes' that we used last October? It was so fun...aargh!"
And my math games and centers are a mess. I have a clean slate with my new grades and room, so I want to start filing the right way (with future years in mind) this year!
Students: My goal is really just to have a classroom for my students where they feel safe and happy and want to come each day. The rest will follow.
Motto: Of course, I believe it is key that an educator loves what he/she does. If you aren't loving it, something needs to change.
On another note, I have some winners for my 350 Follower Giveaway! I've already notified you through e-mail! Congratulations! I'll be putting together something bigger for 500!
A while back I had the pleasure of meeting some great teachers from around my state in person. It's funny because I felt like I already knew many of them from reading their blogs!
Among the discussions ranging from blogging tips, math workshop, and stories of some of our favorite teaching moments, Wendy brought up the idea of a Back-to-School Blog Hop to showcase us PA Bloggers and reward our readers with some freebies! Of course, we all love freebies...so before you knew it, Andrew had whipped up our blog hop button and we were on our way!
The freebie I'm contributing to the hop is inspired by a pin I saw on pinterest that linked back to the fun Keepin it Kool in Kinderland blog. Last year I attended a workshop and while I was out my kids apparently told the sub they were not who they actually are. Not a huge deal, kind of funny, but preventable and possibly ripe for problems. Never again!
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So, now that you've grabbed up my freebie, dropped a healthy rating on it on TpT, (and maybe decided to hit the "follow me on bloglovin' button), head on over to the next stop on the hop, which is with Wendy from Read With Me ABC!