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Sunday, July 29, 2012

New {School} Year Resolutions ...Link up



I'm linking up with Amanda, from Teaching Maddeness, and sharing some of my New {School} Year Resolutions. I'm starting my 18th year of teaching and I always kick off the new year with a list of things I hope to accomplish. Am I always successful? Well, I could lie, and say yes, but, the answer is...no!

Resolution #1
This will be my first year being a teacher blogger, so my first resolution is to find the time to chronicle everything I do so I can share it with my dedicated followers.

Resolution #2
My school has adopted a new writing program. I am very excited about it. I want to learn everything I can about it so I can teach it effectively and really help to strengthen my students' writing skills.

Resolution #3
My students think that I am the greatest illustrator. Actually, they think I am great at just about everything. They are so good for my ego. The sad truth is, I am a horrible illustrator and I don't have the talent or desire to make those really cute anchor charts I'm seeing all over the blogosphere. I made one once, using my overhead. My students actually gave me a standing ovation! This year, I resolve to make more than one really awesome anchor chart. Even if it's just two, it's still more than one!
I think that's it for now. You'll notice I don't have any resolutions about being more organized or neat. Two things that most teachers wish they were. Truth be told, I am organized to a fault and a bit of a neat freak. Not to the point of being OCD, but, the cleaning crew at my school loves me! I make their job incredibly easy. I can teach a class on organization. I just can't make any cute charts to show during my class! Unless it's made on the computer. LOL! 

I look forward to reading all about your New {School} Year Resolutions. You can link up, too, by clicking on the image above.

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13 comments:

  1. I can't draw either. To make cute anchor charts I would have to make them all ahead of time.

    ~April @ ideabackpack.blogspot.com

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  2. I just LOVED your #3 resolution! Had me laughing out loud for sure. I love how sweet kids can be! Everything you do is the best! Hahaha. I so wish I could make some beautiful anchor charts too.. hopefully we can both make that happen this year :)

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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  3. I've got to remember to take more pictures and blog about my day too!
    I wish I had talent like I've seen on Pinterest.

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  4. I love your list of resolutions. I'm not good at illustrating either so my anchor charts are fairly boring or I have to make them ahead of time and labor over making a picture.

    I'm also a bit of a neat freak. It just makes life easier to be organized and know where things are!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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  5. I think taking pics of the kids' work to use for my blog helps me plan better lessons. If a few days go by and nothing has been good enough to post about, I know I need to plan better!:)

    NotJustChild'sPlay

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  6. I love the one about illustrating because my kids are the same way! As I am drawing in front of them I usually comment on how bad it is and they always say "no, it's so good. You're a good artist." Melts my heart and makes me want to be better!

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  7. Thanks for linking up, Lori! I LOVE your list of resolutions! I'm also worried about keeping up with the blogging like I want during my first year as a teacher blogger! And, you're not alone in the anchor chart department. Just know that my room doesn't have them either! Maybe we can print the ones from Pinterest to use? ;)

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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  8. I'm working on writing this year as well. It's a personal goal not a school one. Hope to read some of the fun things you are doing with writing this school year! Good luck with your resolutions!!!

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  9. Hi Lori!
    Thanks for following my new blog! You probably saw that I grabbed your button-I love your blog and your tips (especially for us newbies!). This is so overwhelming and addicting! My first resolution will be similar to yours! I hope you don't mind if I ask some blogger questions.

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  10. Great resolutions.

    I love number one as that is something I will be working on too along with the technology part of it.

    Going along with drawing, I love how kids think we can sing too:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  11. Lori, our school started a new writing program last year and we all really like it! Which new program are you using?
    Marie
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

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  12. Just wondering if you would ever do a tutorial on uploading google docs--your rafflecoptor one was great! I can't seem to figure it out.
    Jessica

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  13. Great Resolutions!
    I need to get on this since summer is dwindling!

    I nominated you for an award! Come over to our blog to pick it up!

    Maria
    http://curiousfirsties.blogspot.com

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