Ready for School and My Goals
I believe that my classroom is as ready as it can be for when students arrive on August 21st.
This is the view students see as they walk into my room. This is part of my back wall with problem solving strategies listed for students. The retake wall is also pictured here. Here students can get manipulatives that they need for completing work.
I have a few goals for this coming year for myself. I thought if I blogged about them I might be held more accountable to actually doing them.
1. I created my own planner this year in binder form that has attendance, lesson plans, scope for the year, grade book, meeting notes, and extras in it. I tend to usually have a few notebooks on my desk that I use but I thought after seeing Twitter postings that this sounded like a great idea to keep everything in one place.
2. Using planbook.com as my lesson plans for the year. In the past I have typed up my lesson plans, that were very generic and printed them for the week. Kathryn, a co-worker of mine uses this site and recommended it. I am going to give it a try. I like that I can link Common Core Standards to my lessons with the click of a button instead of typing them out. I will still continue to print off my plans so that I have something concrete to look at daily and for a sub.
3. Blog More. I began blogging last year when I saw a Twitter posting about MTBoS. I would like to hold myself accountable to blogging at least once a week even if its something small.
4. Speak up and share more on Twitter.
5. Have more of a VOICE at school. I am one who tends to sit back and listen (taking everything in) but I don’t always speak up because I am afraid that I will step on toes and hurt peoples feelings. I think that I need to get over that remember that I am just stating my opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I must also remind myself that we are colleagues and we should be able to voice what we think without colleagues taking it to heart.
I believe that these are enough personal goals for the year without biting off too much. Let me know what you think.