Monday, July 30, 2012

New School Year Resolutions

Today I am linking up with Amanda Madden at Teaching Maddeness to share and commit to my Back to School Resolutions. I'm not going to lie, I always make a New Year's resolution, but I can't tell you the last time I actually followed through with it.  So, here in blog land I am going to make 3 commitments for this school year.


#1:  CREATE A TO-DO NOTEBOOK: My good friend and colleague, Sarah, keeps one of these going all school year. Every year I watch her with her notebook and envy when she crosses something off and starts a new page. What a great way to look back at the end of the year and see all that you have accomplished- even if it was just "turn in comp time request!".  I may even make a fancy notebook to house all of my tasks!  I'm sure I'll find inspiration on Pinterest.


#2.  READ MORE FOR PLEASURE: This is kind of entertaining that as a Reading Coach I need to add this to my list.  I mean, I do read for pleasure, but those books happen to be children's books or professional books. I feel a little left out out not being able to talk about The Hunger Games- kind of like how I let the Twilight obsession blow right by me.


#3.  COACH MORE TEACHERS: This is a tough one that so many instructional coaches face. But, I am committing to finding a way to participate in more coaching cycles this year. Sure, I worked in a lot of classrooms, held workshops, etc. I've even coached teachers on new strategies that we were required to implement, but I really want to find the time- among my many daily demands- to coach teachers on areas of their own interest- not just school or district initiatives.  Maybe the first thing on my to-do list will be to talk with other coaches for some ideas on time management. Oh Boy....I guess some sort of time management goal needs to be in here too....But maybe I'll save that for my New Year's Resolution.


I'd love to hear your resolutions for the new school year. And don't forget to visit Amanda and link up!


Happy Monday!


16 comments:

  1. The Hunger Games was awesome! I strated it on Saturday and finished it Sunday night!! It sat on my night stand ALL SUMMER...I just didn't think I would like it. Grab it before school starts:)

    I am your newest follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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    1. Everyone tells me once I start I won't stop until I out it down. I think I'm going to get it on my IPad tonight!

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  2. I like your resolution to read more for pleasure! I too must work on this! I am your newest follower! Come visit me at http://msshopesclass.blogspot.com/!

    Julie

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    1. I'm stopping by your blog tonight! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I think you will do well with coaching others. When you start to feel like you're not reaching out, just remember you have 63 (soon to be a lot more) followers that are gaining insight from your blog.
    Have a great day.
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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    1. Thanks Amy- that was one of the nicest things you could have said!

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  4. That is such a good idea to make a to-do notebook! I think I may have to do that too! I just found your blog through this linky and I am now your newest follower!
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten
    PS
    I LOOOVVVEE your blog name and design!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa- talk about great names for a blog! Can't wait to come by yours- love the name and I have a new obsession/admiration with Kindergarten!

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  5. I love the idea of a to-do notebook. Maybe that will help with my horrible procrastination ;0)

    I love your blog design...very similar to mine. Come check it out. Teach on a Limb

    Your newest follower,
    Jessica

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    1. Jessica- I am heading over to visit your blog! I'm Hoping the to-do notebook lives up to my expectations and doesn't just become a book of lists!

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  6. Great resolutions, Stacy! Especially the one about coaching more teachers...we should all take the time to do that! Thanks for linking up to the party!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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    1. Thanks Amanda, I enjoyed this linky party!

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  7. I like #2. Reading for pleasure isn't something I get to do a lot during the school year.


    Ms. Fiorini’s Stadium

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    1. Me either! Still haven picked up Hunger Games but I am going to!

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  8. Oh, I love to read!!!!!!

    I think I'm gonna borrow your to do notebook idea!! I always write things on scrap sheets and then sometimes can't even find them!! :)

    Heres to a great new school year!

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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    1. I am the queen of losing my to-do lists!

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