Linky Party! 2013 New {School} Year's Resolutions

I wanted to post my New {School} Year's Resolutions on my blog, so that there would be an accountability factor (that's where you come in!). When I feel like someone's checking in on me, I have more of a sense of urgency to see a project through to the end. Then I got to thinking... maybe others would want to join in and share their New Years resolutions for school. So let's throw a linky party, shall we?
I'm normally not a New Years Resolutions kinda girl. I just don't like setting lofty goals for myself (like losing 20 pounds, which I need to do, by the way...) that are too long-term to see through to the end. There are a few things that I'd like to get back on track with at school, and what better time to start than right after Winter Break!

Here are my New {School} Year's Resolutions:

1. Make a list of "Things to Do Before I Leave" and do them EVERY NIGHT before I go home.
2. Send my newsletter home Friday morning before 8:20.
3. Be more diligent about recording Math Boxes in my grade book.
4. Create one thing per month for TPT.

I think these goals are reasonable and definitely doable. Here's a little explanation about my goals.

I'm exhausted at the end of the day, and I often forget what I need to do in order to get ready for the next day. I want to make a list and hang it by my desk, almost like a check list, so that I'm not wasting time or wandering around my room wondering what to do. I think it will help me stay more focused, so that I can get home to my babies sooner. Some of the things I'm planning on putting on my list are: change schedule and date on front board, write morning message, set out new guided reading books, read/comment on Writing notebooks (from Daily 5), clean my desk, etc. Sometimes I'm so beat from the day I just leave my room a mess, and then when I come the next day I'm scrambling to get ready for the kiddos to come. I don't like that feeling, and I want to change that.

I used to be so good at #2 and #3! But when my district started encouraging us to email our weekly newsletters instead of sending a paper copy... yeah... If I didn't have time during the day on Friday, I would tell myself, "You can just do it tonight and email it later tonight" which would turn into Saturday... then Sunday... then Monday... and by then, what was the point? I also used to be so good at recording Math Boxes (an EveryDay Math thing. Think spiral review) in my grade book. A few years ago, we aligned the math boxes to the skills we assess for our report cards. And every day I would record Math Boxes in my grade book. But then this year I experimented with Math Workshop (which was a big time fail!), and got out of the habit. I need to get back into that habit, because I DO NOT like a stack of 22 math journals staring at me at the end of the week, waiting to be entered into the grade

#4 is a personal/professional goal. I just started up my TPT store about a month ago, and I would like to add more items to my store. I have plenty of lessons created, but I just need to pretty them up and put them out there!

What are your New {School} Year's Resolutions? Link up, and let's support and encourage each other! :)

Oh, and don't forget about my Pencil Sharpener Giveaway! Ends Friday!


  1. Thanks for linking up to share your resolutions! I need to come back and link up with you! We have to email our newsletters, also, but we have to copy our administrators on the email each Friday. That definitely helps keep you accountable! :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  2. I love the idea of making a to do list for the end of the day. I usually manage to get my desk cleaned but then I end up in that I am so tired what do I do next stupor. I am stealing your idea! LOL!


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