Thursday, January 21, 2010
So two weeks into the school year, I wrote a post mentioning a few back to school goals. Here were the goals:
1.) Love first. Teach second.
2.) Stay on top of filing.
3.) Respond to emails ASAP instead of putting them off.
4.) Grade and record papers ASAP so they don't pile up on me.
5.) Make better use of my planning time. (this is when I am going to try and make most of my copies, since the line can be bad in the mornings and afternoons)
6.) Umm, it seems like I had so many more than just these five... oh well!
Needless to say, I am not doing too well.
#1 is obviously the most important goal to me, but some days I struggle with it. I know it may sound easy, but it can actually be kind of difficult. You can get so caught up in what you have to get done and what the kids have to know and be able to do, that you have to remind yourself that they are real kids. More than math, they need love. That is the most important thing and that is what is going to make them see Jesus in me more than anything else. The more difficult kids are often the ones that are the hardest to love and they are the ones that need it the most! This is a goal that I have to work on everyday and will probably need to work on everyday until retirement.
#'s 2-5 are all goals that just have to do with time management and organization. I do think that I am making better use of my planning periods, which helps with the other goals, but I still have a long way to go! I don't always answer my emails right away and yes, papers always seem to pile up on me. And filing? Well, I am no better at that than I was last year. It really is a weakness.
Here are some things I am going to do to help me meet these goals:
- Write them down. Then post them in a place where I will see them everyday, like the bulletin board by my desk.
- Clean off my desk every afternoon before I leave. This will help me get off to a good start in the morning. You will not believe the mess that accumulates on my desk during the school day!
- Make a schedule for all of the things I have to do each week, like planning, grading, newsletters, emails, etc. Maybe this will help me get it all done instead of saving it to the last minute. Kind of like a to-do list for each planning period of the week.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
- Good Book
- Everyone can relate to one of the characters - bully, bullied, bystander...
- Some of the bullying seemed a little extreme to me. I guess it happens though.
- Teachers are portrayed as lazy and uncaring. Never know what is happening. Disinterested. Sadly though, I guess some teachers are like this.
- Some language that is not suitable for younger or immature students.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Mar - 7
January- Thanks to all of the snow days, I have been able to start the year off with a lot of reading!
1.) Nancy Drew 1 - The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (01/03)
2.) Nancy Drew 2 - The Hidden Staircase by Carolyn Keene (01/06)
3.) American on Purpose by Craig Ferguson (01/11)
4.) Blubber by Judy Blume (01/16) -audiobook
5.) How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else by Michael Gates Gill (01/22) - audiobook
6.) The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie (01/29)
February - more snow days for reading - good now, not so good in June : ) also, my husband had his gallbladder removed. this meant an entire day spent waiting in the hospital and many more quiet days to follow while he recoops at home.
7.) On Becoming BabyWise by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam (02/01)
8.) Nancy Drew 3 - The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene (02/02)
9.) Snowed In by Rachel Hawthorne (02/05)
10.) Front of the Class: How Tourette's Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen (02/08)
11.) The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (02/15)
12.) Nancy Drew 9 - The Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene (02/16)
March - When the weather starts to get warmer, I start to read a little less. That is, until it gets too hot to do anything outside! Then my reading usually picks back up again. But until then, I will just use all those rainy days to get some reading done : )
13.) Julia and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell (03/06)
14.) How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell (03/10)
15.) The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis (03/25)
16.) Nancy Drew 5 - The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene (03/28)
17.) Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (03/30)
18.) Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman (03/31)
19.) A Journey to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard (03/31)
April - Spring Break!! However, I do have big plans to do a lot of cleaning and school work, so I may or may not get any more reading done than usual : /
20.) Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth About the First Year of Mommyhood by Jenny McCarthy (04/04)
21.) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (04/08)
22.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (04/13)
23.) Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore (04/15)
24.) Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz (04/15)
25.) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (04/22)
26.) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (04/30)
May - The end of the school year is always crazy and leaves very little time to read!
27.) The Titan's Curse by Rick Riorday (05/09)
28.) The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (05/18)
29.) The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (05/28)
June - Um, I did have a baby this month. All spare time was spent sleeping!
30.) The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp (06/07)
July - See June : )
August - I am finally starting to feel human again! School has started and it actually feels good to be back in the swing of things again!
31.) The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer (08/19)
32.) Mockinjay by Suzanne Collins
33.) Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
34.) The Alchemist: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott (10/30)
35.) On Becoming Babywise: Book II Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam (12/30)