Well, if you are anything like me, you spent your summer "vacation" planning new things for the school year. I wanted to find out from people how things are going for them... What new change/idea has worked wonderfully? What new change/idea is about to fly out the window? I'll start: The Good: I got rid of my desk and couldn't be happier. It immediately made the room feel larger. I also made a goal to try and be more organized. I chose two areas (student files and curriculum) that I wanted to be my focus and I am definitely doing a much better job than last year. Now if I could only get my file cabinets organized!!! The Not So Good (Yet): I devoted a lot of time this summer to reading Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching. I have a very quick temper and have to work constantly to not raise my voice and get irritated with students. Jones has a lot of great words of wisdom and I keep quotes, etc. posted in strategic places to remind me of my focus. Unfortunately I have a few very challenging students that are making this very difficult. But I am determined to succeed. I even made an incentive chart for myself and when I get ten stickers, I get a new outfit. Whatever works. Also, I decided to do Mrs. Powell's Token System. I was very excited about this, but am having a hard time remembering to take the time to actually do it. I started out good, but have definitely slacked off. I am determined to do a better job this next week.