Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Will I Do Differently? {Linky Party}

I found a fun linky party hosted by Kim at Joy In 6th. 
It's her first ever linky party and it sure is a great one!

The theme is all about reflection and what will you do differently next year. This is a very important area to focus on and I am so glad I stumbled upon this linky. 

Here is my list of changes I plan on making next year...

First and foremost. Organization is a down fall of mine. I get all the necessary supplies to be organized, and have every intention of being organized. However, by the end of the first week, every organizational technique I implemented is long forgotten. I can honestly say I have never used a planner an entire year in my life. It is usually gone before September even ends. This fall, however, I am determined to make a change. I made a huge investment in organization today. I knew that the ugly old green teacher planner would not make me want to stay organized on lesson planning. Yet, this fall keeping track of the planning will be critical. I splurged on an Erin Condren teacher planner today hoping that the adorable quotes and bright cheery colors will make this planner last. I have to make every last cent that I spent on this planner count! I will be sure to keep you all updated on this come September!

This year I got to see in action just how much more meaningful a lesson is for children when it is tailored to their interests. I plan on taking more cues from their interests and adapting my plans to still meet the curriculum yet make it a lesson they will never forget! 

I have been creating lessons with the CCSS my entire college experience. However, it has been at surface level. I am planning on really digging deeper into the Common Core and making the most out of it. In addition, assessment will be key to keep track of progress. I plan on tackling this challenge head on and really using the results in a meaningful way.

This is an area that I have really been trying to work on. These children blow me away each day with the knowledge they possess. They are very capable of much more higher thinking than I was giving them credit for and I plan on incorporating this with every chance I get. 

This fall will be my first real deal all day every day hands on experience in the classroom. While I will be very busy, I want to soak up every last second. I want to make the most of the entire year and have fun in the classroom. It can be a very stressful experience but I want to really enjoy the experience because it is sure to be one I will never forget! 

Well that's it folks! A list that I am determined to abide by next year. What changes do you plan on making next year? Be sure to link up and share! Thanks so much for hosting Kim!


  1. Staying organized is the key!! Definitely one of my goals as well! :)

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

  2. In regards to having fun, I have always said that teaching is one of the only professions where you have the opportunity to experience joy and laughter everyday. Even on the worst day of teaching, there is a moment of pure joy and bliss!

  3. I love the idea of teaching to their interests. That is so important to keep the kids engaged and excited!
    Fun in ECSE


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