New School Year Resolutions

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  1. leighbball

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    Its that time of year again!!! Time to make our resolutions about the new school year and what we "resolve" to do differently.

    I stuck to mine last year until my appendectomy...but hopefully I'll make it past November this year!

    I resolve:
    * to become more organized
    * to have fun!
    * to get things done ahead of time...not the day of or night before they are due

    What are yours?? :)
     
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  3. MissFrizzle

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    To get a job.....:p


    Actually... 1) to practice active listening
    2) To be more effective in classroom management
    3) To enjoy the kids.
     
  4. Ms.Jasztal

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    1. Be very organized and prepared
    2. Be an outstanding reading teacher and incorporate my knowledge/resources well
    3. To not feel sad about what I have lost in this past year
    4. Oh, yes, to smile more :)
     
  5. leighbball

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    I like your ideas! My "to have fun" resolution is because I had such a rough year last year with my kids, that I used to go home crying. I started having a few cocktails after work too...I completely lost focus of my job and I wasn't having fun with the kids. So I think smiling more and enjoying the kids are things I need to remember too!!
     
  6. benemma

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    This is my first year back after a four year "mommy break". My situation is a bit different as it is a private kindergarten in a daycare (and my daughter is there with me), but it is my compromise between being a SAHM and working in a school and not seeing my daughter at all all day. I'm very excited to go back to teaching.

    -I want to be more organized than I was when I was teaching.
    -Really enjoy the kids
    -Not sweat the small stuff
     
  7. ChristyF

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    Great idea!
    Ok, here's mine:
    1. Become more organized! (Fewer piles!!)
    2. Stay out of school politics and be more positive with everyone.
    3. To "forget" that I have the one child I really didn't work and work
    hard not to let her ruin the classroom setting for everyone.
    4. Last but not least - not to spend a fortune in my own money!!
     
  8. MrsC

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    I don't start back until after Labour Day, but here it goes...

    Be more organized (seems to be a common theme so I don't feel so bad).
    Focus on develping a consistently effective writing program.
    Take care of me (something I usually forget).
    Be the best teacher that I can be, learn as many new things as I can, and don't stress about what I don't know yet.
     
  9. paperheart

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    1. Keep a routine that allows student work to be corrected and returned regularly rather than a few days worth at a time.

    2. Be more consistent and firm about student procedures.

    3. Streamline the morning routine (by always having outfits ready, showering at night, getting lunch, water, socks, snacks, etc. ready at night.

    4. Work on my business the two hours after school lets up.

    5. Keep up with my daily housekeeping routine to avoid being stressed about it.
     
  10. momtomm

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    1. Not to get involved in any of the gossip/drama of the other teachers.

    2. To save and file more of my lessons so I don't have to start from scratch this year.

    3. To make my kids lunches the night before school.

    Laura
     
  11. Upsadaisy

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    Okay, here are mine:

    1. To allow more time for important things in the classroom - reading and writing.
    2. To be more positive with coworkers and admin.
    3. To inspire others in my role as math coordinator.
    4. To do more open-ended projects in class.
     
  12. KinderCowgirl

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    I am so glad I am not the only one resolving to be more organized!

    1) Be more organized/prepared.
    2) Implement "math talks".
    3) Encourage more parent involvement.
    4) Use every minute of the day.
    5) Do everything I can to inspire these kids.
     
  13. AZKinderTchr

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    1. To be more organized.
    2. To be less afraid to try my own new ideas.
    3. To be prepared further in advance so I am not so stressed.
     
  14. iteachm123

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    Good thread! I really needed something like this to get me focused.

    1. GET ORGANIZED AND STAY ORGANIZED!
    2. Do more on-hands activities with my students.
    3. Start the day with a positive attitude and end it the same way.
    4. Let my students know how special they are every day.
    5. Keep my emergency sub folder well stocked and detailed.
    6. Be well prepared each and every day.

    Now if I can stick to these, I'll be set!
     
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    Great thread:

    1. Stay organized ( I am moving into a new classroom so at the beginning I am organized, hopefully it will last!)
    2. Remember that my own personal kids are just as important as my classroom kids-even more so!
    3. Say NO and not feel guilty
    4.Not rush around in the mornings before work. ( I now have an infant-I can't do this!)
    5.Go to be bed earlier-DON'T HIT THE SNOOZE button!!!
    6.Encourage more writing in math
    7.Be more confident and not second guess what I know is best practices in the classroom. Speak up more for what I know is right.


    Ok, I am going to really try and stick to these. I can do this. I think organization is the key for me.Good luck to everyone. We will all have a terrific year-Look at all the preplanning we are doing.
     
  16. chicagoturtle

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    1)Get more organized (is there a trend between teachers and organization?)
    2)Try to avoid Gossip (not get wrapped up in it)
    3)Try to keep communications lines open between other staff
    4)Try not to get stressed out if something is "new" give it a try before (and realize it is cake).
    5)Don't try to do to many new things at once
    6)Be a better record keeper
    7)Give myself credit for what I DID do/accomplish for the day.
     
  17. MrsC

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    I have a friend who keeps telling me that I must be super organized because I am a teacher! :eek:
     
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    Chicago turtle pukes while looking at clutter and remembering that work is cluttered as well.....
     
  19. etcetera83

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    First, I just want to say that I really love you guys and this place! You guys are what I need to help me meet my goal of not getting into school politics and focusing on the positive and believing that ALL of my kids are capable. So here goes:

    1. Stay out of the politics.
    2. Not compare myself to or get drawn in to competition with other teachers.
    3. Be positive.
    4. Implement and stick with my good ideas.
    5. Do a little bit of house work each day so as not to get overwhelmed.
    6. Concentrate more on my family and not let school take over my life!
     
  20. Upsadaisy

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    That is so sweet, etcetera!

    Since I didn't do enough housework this summer, I knew not to put it on my list of resolutions for the fall.
     
  21. lauranne26

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    1. Try harder to leave school at school, and not bring it home with me (not the work, but the worries, etc-easier said than done)
    2. Wake up 30 minutes earlier, to get to school earlier and avoid rushing
    3. Work out after school
    4. Read more adult books!
     
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    1. Go to bed early...9:30 pm
    2. Make an orginizational plan and stick to it
    3. Work out 4x a week
    4. Grade papers a little each day.
    5. Drink water all day.
    6. Eat healthy snacks ( I improved this last year.)
    7. Pray each morning in my class and at the end of the school day, before going home.
     
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    Just a question-how do you stay out of politics? I just moved to a new school-going through a lot of problems- and I have had so many teachers already telling me how awful the principal is and how awful other teachers are. I don't know what to say? The teachers I've talked to in the school are so negative right now. It worries me.
    Goals:
    1. Have fun, Enjoy the year
    2. Don't let school take over life (Why do teachers have this problem? Do we just love our profession too much?
    3. Spend quality time with son and husband after school
     
  24. MrsC

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    The politics is sometimes the hardest thing about any job. In some schools it isn't an issue, while on others it seems to take over. My advice to you is simple (but not always simple to do)
    --make teaching your students your priority.
    --try to stay away from negative people.
    --be polite and friendly to everyone.
    --if the staff room (teacher's lounge) is full of gossip, stay away.
    --make up your own mind about people and situations.
    --be a good listener, but don't get drawn into negative/destructive conversations.
    --remember that you are there for the kids!
     
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    I tend to stay in my room more then anything. I HATE the gossip and stuff ~ do the male teachers out there deal with this?

    * Keep my priorities in line, God, husband, children, then school. & NOT feel guilty
    *Put the energy of tryin to fix other teachers, into my own room and let it go! I can't "fix" the world!
    *Allow myself to be an example to the kids in my class, as well as my coworker simply by doing what I know is right.
    *Ease up on myself.
     
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    Mrs.Sheila, I think I am going to print out your post and keep it on my desk to read every morning.
     
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    Aww.. you so sweet!:)
     
  28. leighbball

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    I am so proud of myself! I spent several hours in my room today sorting all of the piles of paper (and I mean piles!!) and placing them in labeled folders. I did so well! I have more to do, and I'm going back for a little while tomorrow and then on Friday. Now I just need to keep being organized!

    Mrs.Sheila- I love your list too!
     
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    1. Have fun and enjoy my students
    2. Be organized and stay on top of it
    3. Go to the gym after school 4 days a week
    4. Go to bed earlier--I''m a night owl and love to watch Leno!
    5. Stay away from soda pop
    6. I don't want to stay away from the staff room, so when someone is being way too negative--my goal is to change the subject.
     
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    Good list, sounds like what I need to do!
     
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    1) Be more effective with my classroom managment
    2) Be more organized and get rid of my huge piles of papers
    3) Have more fun the the classroom. I want to be the "fun" room while still being effective.
     
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    Become more organized
    Better parent communication
    get my finances in order (not school related, but necessary)
    Literature circles with at least one novel
    fine tune my writing instruction
     
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    1. Get up early enough to be able to leave the house by 6:30, be at school by 6:45, and have a few minutes of calm and quiet before the hordes descend.

    2. Drive PAST the Mickey D's and not succumb to the temptation of the Sausage McMuffin.

    3. Complete all incoming paperwork on a timely basis so I can always see the wood of my desk.

    4. Make sure there's sufficient time for my wife and boys each week.

    5. Try very hard NOT to pop any veins and see red when a student comes in and says "Mr./Mrs so-and-so told me to do my homework in chorus, because...'all you do in there is sing.' "

    6. In conjunction with #5, do my best to enlighten uninformed colleagues...in a kind, tactful, professional way, of course... about what DOES go on in my chorus classes each day so that they don't commit the error stated in #5.
     
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    I love all of these! You've all really made me think.
    I will try to
    - stay organized. I've got a pretty good start; I just have to keep it going.
    - Smile no matter what. Even when my classes of 32 come in, hourly.
    - Stay on top of grading but not to the expenses of family time.
    - Keep a positive attitude despite rumors and gossip.
    - Be the best friend I can be.
    - Be the best teacher I can be at any given moment.
    - Read for pleasure as much as I can.
    - Be a positive person and helper for other teachers.
     
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    I love this...it is so important to recognize that we have good moments and bad moments, good days and bad days. This doesn't make us bad teachers, just human.
     

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