Sunday, July 29, 2012

New {School} Year Resolutions ...Link up

I'm linking up with Amanda, from Teaching Maddeness, and sharing some of my New {School} Year Resolutions. I'm starting my 18th year of teaching and I always kick off the new year with a list of things I hope to accomplish. Am I always successful? Well, I could lie, and say yes, but, the answer!

Resolution #1
This will be my first year being a teacher blogger, so my first resolution is to find the time to chronicle everything I do so I can share it with my dedicated followers.

Resolution #2
My school has adopted a new writing program. I am very excited about it. I want to learn everything I can about it so I can teach it effectively and really help to strengthen my students' writing skills.

Resolution #3
My students think that I am the greatest illustrator. Actually, they think I am great at just about everything. They are so good for my ego. The sad truth is, I am a horrible illustrator and I don't have the talent or desire to make those really cute anchor charts I'm seeing all over the blogosphere. I made one once, using my overhead. My students actually gave me a standing ovation! This year, I resolve to make more than one really awesome anchor chart. Even if it's just two, it's still more than one!
I think that's it for now. You'll notice I don't have any resolutions about being more organized or neat. Two things that most teachers wish they were. Truth be told, I am organized to a fault and a bit of a neat freak. Not to the point of being OCD, but, the cleaning crew at my school loves me! I make their job incredibly easy. I can teach a class on organization. I just can't make any cute charts to show during my class! Unless it's made on the computer. LOL! 

I look forward to reading all about your New {School} Year Resolutions. You can link up, too, by clicking on the image above.


  1. I can't draw either. To make cute anchor charts I would have to make them all ahead of time.

    ~April @

  2. I just LOVED your #3 resolution! Had me laughing out loud for sure. I love how sweet kids can be! Everything you do is the best! Hahaha. I so wish I could make some beautiful anchor charts too.. hopefully we can both make that happen this year :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  3. I've got to remember to take more pictures and blog about my day too!
    I wish I had talent like I've seen on Pinterest.

  4. I love your list of resolutions. I'm not good at illustrating either so my anchor charts are fairly boring or I have to make them ahead of time and labor over making a picture.

    I'm also a bit of a neat freak. It just makes life easier to be organized and know where things are!

    Primarily Speaking

  5. I think taking pics of the kids' work to use for my blog helps me plan better lessons. If a few days go by and nothing has been good enough to post about, I know I need to plan better!:)


  6. I love the one about illustrating because my kids are the same way! As I am drawing in front of them I usually comment on how bad it is and they always say "no, it's so good. You're a good artist." Melts my heart and makes me want to be better!

  7. Thanks for linking up, Lori! I LOVE your list of resolutions! I'm also worried about keeping up with the blogging like I want during my first year as a teacher blogger! And, you're not alone in the anchor chart department. Just know that my room doesn't have them either! Maybe we can print the ones from Pinterest to use? ;)

    Teaching Maddeness

  8. I'm working on writing this year as well. It's a personal goal not a school one. Hope to read some of the fun things you are doing with writing this school year! Good luck with your resolutions!!!

  9. Hi Lori!
    Thanks for following my new blog! You probably saw that I grabbed your button-I love your blog and your tips (especially for us newbies!). This is so overwhelming and addicting! My first resolution will be similar to yours! I hope you don't mind if I ask some blogger questions.

  10. Great resolutions.

    I love number one as that is something I will be working on too along with the technology part of it.

    Going along with drawing, I love how kids think we can sing too:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  11. Lori, our school started a new writing program last year and we all really like it! Which new program are you using?
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

  12. Just wondering if you would ever do a tutorial on uploading google docs--your rafflecoptor one was great! I can't seem to figure it out.

  13. Great Resolutions!
    I need to get on this since summer is dwindling!

    I nominated you for an award! Come over to our blog to pick it up!



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