I start off every year with the best laid plans to be organized. This is the cover of my teaching binder this year. I thought it would help if I had a cute cover. Silly me.
By winter break, my organizational habits start to fade. The pile of 'to be filed' papers starts to grow. Oh, I know all about the 'handle a piece of paper only once' rule. I just don't practice it. I'm a shuffler. By the time January rolls around, I find myself shuffling through the same pile of papers on my desk at least once a day. So next year I want to be more organized.
I added a few extra opportunities for art this year and my students loved it. Okay, not ALL of them, but many!
|Okay, some people might not think of this as art, but I do!|
Giving kids a chance to express themselves through art and movement is important. So this summer I'm going to look for ways to incorporate more art into our year.
Almost all kids love to have some sort of public recognition of their successes in the classroom. I'm not sure what it is I'm looking for here, but I want to celebrate those successes more often.
Last summer I made a "ME" schedule. I actually put my 'quitting time' for each day on a weekly schedule that was kept at the front of that binder I meant to keep organized. I didn't stick to it as much as I hoped to, but it definitely helped me acheive a better balance between my work and my personal life. So this coming year I plan to refine it a little bit to bring that perfect balance a bit closer to reality. It certainly helps that my teaching partner is on the same page as I am. We've done a great job of dragging each other out of the building at the end of the day.
There are half a billion other things that I'd like to change racing through my mind and, once I turn in my key (only 7 days left!), I'll sit down and prioritize the ones that are most important to me. But thanks to Kim's linky, I think I'm off to a good start!
So what are you going to do differently? Hop on over to Finding Joy in 6th Grade's linky and let us know!