This year I get to move into a new classroom, in an entirely different building across campus! I am so grateful that I have a room. But, when I first heard the news last year, I was pretty devastated. I had been in my building for two years and believe it or not, I have acquired TONS of STUFF. And, who likes to move?
However, from the moment that I first walked into my new room, I was in love! My room is so quiet, has tons of cabinets, and just feels peaceful. I’m hoping it will help me be more “zen” this year! I don’t go back for teacher prep week until Monday, so my room is still in the planning stages. I did get everything unpacked and fabric up on the bulletin boards. But, there isn’t a picture or poster on the walls. My room is far from finished, but I still wanted to post my progress here today.
I am not much of a “goals” girl. But, in the spirit of blogging I am going to give it a go.
- Being head MS cheer coach. I love, love, love this but it was almost the end of me last year. As sad as it makes me, I just don’t have the extra time. I do plan on helping out as much as I can though. I love it and cannot get it out of my system!
- Putting things in random places. I need to make sure that papers go in a file, and quickly. I tend to build up piles.
- Worrying about everything. There are some things I cannot control.
- FLAG (Fix Learning and Grow) – I loved the idea, but it was too hard to keep up with for students.
- Eating random food in the school kitchen just because it is there (we have amazingly generous parents and teachers that bring food).
- Staying up too late. If I’m tired, I just can’t do anything as well as is possible.
- Tweeting and Blogging. Every year I fall off of the Earth once school starts and them totally disappear in Feb. This is my greatest source of professional development and recharges me like nothing else can. I need these people in my life and need to make time for them.
- Improving the Concept Help Pages
- Re-organizing my files. I changed my system last year and now I have double of everything. I started working on this last year but then stopped.
- Working on advisory topics. I love this part of middle school and can’t wait to develop it more fully.
- Coming up with new hands on activities for my classes. There is no better way to learn than the concrete and it is amazing to pull out an activity that you can just DO.
- EXERCISE – This is so important but I often skip it to grade papers or lesson plan when school starts. This only takes 30-40 minutes of my time and is a great stress reliever. I need to keep it up!
- Working to improve technology skills with the incoming 6th grade class.
- An after school math club. I want to do this so badly but it’s hard to find the time to develop the activities. I don’t want it to be boring or stupid.
- More problem solving across the board.
- Writing equations to all word problems from day one. I want everything to be a word problem because in real life, IT IS.
- Incorporate Exeter problems, somehow, someway
- Learn to do the “three acts” problems and actually do them.
- Incorporate activities for the GIANT whiteboards!
- Observing the other fabulous teachers at my school more. I am still new to middle school and I have so much to learn!