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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Resolutions

One of the things I love about blogging is that it's like I can think out loud. If I put my thoughts in writing not only do they make more sense to me, but I can reflect back and see if I actually accomplished what I meant to accomplish.

I do make resolutions for every new year. I try to learn from my past mistakes and this year I have a pretty good idea of what my class is going to be like, because I am looping up with my group. So here goes:

1) Am going to try to be better at teaching things like mental math. I know they have to learn place value and regrouping this year and I really want to set a good foundation for that.

2) Trying better to use every minute of the day. When our Kinders were in Pre-K they had already developed a reputation of having quite a few "boogerbears"! Even when separated out in Kinder, we still had times of the day where things just took too long. Cleaning up from stations was definitely one of them. I also want to do bucket-filling and other classroom community activities so maybe they we can cut down on all the time-consuming drama! :)

3) Incorporate more digital resources. There is just so much out there to try! It's almost overwhelming. But this group is definitely digitally-oriented, so I have to work on that.

4) Encouraging a passion not only for reading themselves, but for read-alouds. That time of day was such a struggle last year (and I still haven't figured out why). But I need to do something to make that time fun for them, I am definitely not going to just cut it out of our day-too stubborn for that!

5) Be a good team player. I usually am one, but I'm starting over with a new team this year and just want to do everything I can to develop good relationships. Typically, I can be very practical-minded. So if you say let's go on a field trip to the zoo, my response might be-why don't we wait until it's not so hot? Or they went to the zoo last year, can we take them to a play or something different? And sometimes that comes off as being negative to ideas. So I will definitely edit myself this year! :)

What are some of your resolutions for this upcoming year?



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3 comments :

  1. I want to be more organized and think more about what is on the horizon in the upcoming weeks. Usually I plan/work one week at a time, so I need to be better about looking ahead to the entire month and knowing what is ahead.

    KT
    www.sneakerteacher.blogspot.com

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  2. Oooh! That's a good one too! I go into the year planning ahead and then always feel like I'm treading water!-what needs to get done for tomorrow.

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  3. My list seems long, probably too long. The one off the top of my head is that I'd really like to incorporate more literature into math. I don't want to use it just as a read-aloud though. I want it to go further so that the problem solving we do somehow comes from the literature. It almost sounds lofty, but I'm gonna try!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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