I am on a mission to use less paper this year. We are going to use our journals to their maximum potential. I plan on introducing foldables to my students the very first week. We are also going to try out using a journal for homework. I hate copying pages for homework. This year we are going to TRY (and I hope it works) copying down our homework and then doing it at home. I will share more about that as the year starts. Check out my post about my planning journal.
2. New Student Kit
We get new students all year long. Last year I was not really prepared for new students. I would rush to get their desk in place and then... It was so frustrating to disrupt our morning that way, but this year I am going to have a new outlook. I am going to have a New Student Kit (thank you Ladybug Teacher Files for the awesome idea!) that I can pull from whenever a new student arrives. I will be putting extra things from the beginning of the year so it will be ready. When it is prepared I will share it!
|Picture from Ladybug's Teacher Files|
3. Share my love of reading
I am reading The Book Whisperer right now and loving it! It is really inspiring me to do more with reading in my classroom. I LOVE to read, but I am not sure that I really share that. It seems like we get bogged down in the mechanics and assessment of reading. That is going to change this year.
4. Make good use of timeI was horrible last year about staying at school late and being their early every day. It was my first year in the grade, building, and district, but I spent too much time at school. I really want to be home by 4:30 most days. I am hoping that by being more organized and with all the work I have done this summer, that I won't feel like I need to stay late all the time. I am also going to work on using the time during the day better. We are going to have musical transitions that I am really excited about. Music makes everything better! I am also going to try out Whole Brain Teaching this year. Check it out!