The end of the year is such a reflective time.
Emily's answers are in purple.
Antoinette's answers are in blue.
This year, I am feeling so exhausted just trying to get to the end of the year, but I am never too tried to look ahead!
Here are the things I am definitely going to change.
This is the first year in 6 years that I won't be moving classrooms!!!!!!!
That means in the fall I don't have to create bulletin boards. They just need to be updated.
I am really going to try to maintain my bulletin boards.
That is usually something that falls by the wayside.
How will I do this?
I am planning to create the rough beginnings of many of my anchor charts. This is the time of year where I can look at the charts I created and see what worked and what needs tweaking.
This year I used 2 tables instead of a desk. It turns out the table that was supposed to be my "desk" just became a giant mountain of paper.
I am hoping next year to get rid of that table, because I need the space.
How can I eliminate my piling problem?
I got some great ideas from Ladybug Teacher Files and Fun in 4B's recent linky party.
I need to actually USE the items I have more efficiently.
If you have followed our blog, you know our district took on Common Core and Balanced Literacy this year. Plus, I moved from 3rd to 5th grade. It is like being a first year teacher again. That means I was often planning as I was teaching, with no idea where my students were actually supposed to be. What did mastery look like? Well now I have enough of an idea to at least refine what I did this year. Plus my wonderful co-blogger is helping to edit my grade levels units of study, and I know she will share with me as soon as she can!
This is a goal of mine every year. Any one have this goal?
I am busy being a wife, dog owner, grad school student, volunteering at my church and trying to become a mom (in the fall).
I LOVE being a teacher and working with kids, but that can no longer eclipse the rest of my life. Maybe if I can make some of the changes I listed above I will have more free time! :)
What a year it has been!
Lots of ups and downs.
But I have to say...
Overall, I feel it was a success!
Always room for improvement, though.
So here are my thoughts for next year:
In my position, as a Teaching and Learning Coach, I have to be on the ball in regards to what is new in the district. Gone are the days where professional development days were laid back and easy because now I am always presenting.
To help me be in the know, I did a TON of professional reading.
I've read from Lucy Calkins, Matt Glover, Debbie Miller, Fountas and Pinnell, Aimee Buckner, Katie Wood Ray, Richard Allington...
Just to name a few...
I am involved in a monthly book club with some amazing ladies from the first school I taught at.
Guess how many books I have read for book club!!!
If you guessed ZERO, you would be correct.
NEXT YEAR, I AM GOING TO READ FOR FUN ALSO!!!!
I am SOOO not a morning person.
I love my snooze button. (Well not actually, but I sure do swipe at it often. lol)
With my new job also came lots of early morning meetings. LOTS!!!
I am that person...
I know some of you are cringing...
I drive really fast to get there when I do.
I got a ticket the other day!!!
NEXT YEAR, I AM GOING TO ALLOT MORE TIME IN THE MORNINGS SO I DON'T SPEED AND SHOW UP, NOT ON TIME, BUT A FEW MINUTES EARLY!
I have gotten better with this one, but only after a large portion of the year was over.
Once again, with my new job, I found myself spending LONG hours reading, planning for professional development, meetings, etc.
I was also writing units of study for the 5th grade teachers in my district.
I sure got a ton accomplished, but I sort of lost out on some me time.
I finally decided that enough was enough and did a ton less once I left school.
NEXT YEAR, I AM GOING TO FIND THAT TIME FOR ME THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR AND NOT JUST THE LAST FEW MONTHS!
I plan to continue to focus on the positive.
I don't deal well with negativity.
I wish people understood how it doesn't really solve anything...
It only makes matters worse.
So throughout the year, I really tried to focus on the positive and hold me head up high.
Some of my favorite "Antoinette" sayings...
"It's a means to an end, and I'm gonna love the end!"
"I can't control the cards I'm dealt, but I'm gonna play them like I have the royal family!"
"Life pitches you curve balls every once and awhile and sure you might miss from time-to-time. But doesn't it feel amazing when your bat actually makes contact?"
Cheesy, I know.
It kept my spirits up for the most part and has been a huge factor in how my year has panned out and my weight-loss.
NEXT YEAR, I PLAN TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE!!!
With the end of the school year approaching, what are you definitely going to change?