Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Goals for the New School Year

A couple of weeks ago Louise (@frugalteacher) tweeted about her New School Year Resolutions and announced a Link up party at her website, The Frugal Teacher.  I always look back on the last school year and set goals for myself for the upcoming new year.  But I like the idea of sharing it publicly, so here goes!

1. Blogging - Last year I started blogging - both in and out of the classroom.  Here at A Mostly Rosy Outlook my goal is to post more frequently.  Last year I started Mrs. Rosenquist's Classroom Blog and it was a learn as you go type of situation.  I would like to increase our blog traffic and the amount of comments we get too.  And of course continue to find authentic and meaningful ways to incorporate our blog into our daily class routines and curriculum.  I also need to write some posts about my blogging experiences!!!

2. Daily 5 - I read the book several years ago, and last year I finally started to experiment with using the Daily 5.  When I say experiment, it was more like dabbling - but I liked it and so did my students.  I need to learn more and work it better.  I don't know anyone in my district that uses the Daily 5 or has heard of it - so I need to connect more with other educators in my PLN.  I subscribe to The Sisters website (the free part), but I am considering purchasing a subscription.  I need to buy the CAFE book!!!  I need to write some posts about how I am doing the Daily 5 too!

3. Skype - It was a goal last year, but all I did was sign up for skype - hope I remember my password.  I have to figure this out and do it!  Do I hook up the webcam to my smartboard or use a desktop computer?  This is a must-do this year!!!!

4. Remember to take care of myself and enjoy what I do - Yes, I needed to make this a goal!  Taking care of myself means regular exercise and eating well.  Sometimes I am too tired after school to go to Zumba - but I always feel better once I go!  When I exercise regularly I can handle the stresses of teaching and life -which helps me to be a kinder friend, wife, mother, teacher, and colleague.  And I need to remember that I love teaching - it is an honor and privilege to work with my students and their families - I need to remember this and not let the current climate regarding teachers and public education get me down!

So there's my goals for the upcoming 2012-13 school year!  What do you think of them?


  1. Hi - I love your goals - I could almost adopt them as my own!!! I have started the Daily 5 this term and we have been doing it for the past 7 weeks - WE LOVE IT! When the children come in at the start of the day they always ask 'Are we doing Daily 5?'. It's wonderful to see such enthusiasm for reading!!

    Good luck - I will enjoy hearing more about your journey!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Helen. It's so nice to know there are so many teachers that have had so much success with The Daily 5. I get so much inspiration and support from everyone out here in blog and twitter land. I love helping students become independent learners. I believe providing choice really helps motivate my students to be active learners too.