Kim, over at Joy in 6th Grade is having her first Linky Party, and she has a great question: what do I want to change about next year?
I give my students time to read their own books here and there in class, but if I want them to become better readers, I need to make sure that time is carved out each day. That way I know that some of my kiddos who struggle to make time to read at home will have had some reading time at school. In addition to having them keep journals, I also want to conference with a couple of students each day.
I tend to be a "divebomb into the deep-end of the pool" kind of teacher when it comes to trying new things. And I learn A LOT from doing it the first time. One of the things I've learned from my students, and from seeing great products on TpT and TN is how much I need to break down directions into simple, explainable, check-it-off-when-you're-done steps. That's my goal for next year's big projects.
I just learned that I'll be teaching Reading and Writing next year, instead of Reading and Social Studies/Science (each for half a year). It makes so much more sense, but I have to think about how to infuse daily writing into my day. I haven't decided yet if I want students to read every day and then journal (about what they've read? about another topic?) or if I want to have kids reading three days and week and writing two days? Still need to think that one through.
I've been running since I was in my early 20's - many, many years ago. I've never been fast, but I love it. There's something about getting myself out of bed in the morning and getting out into fresh air that changes the way I look at my day. I've been tracking my running on mapmyrun.com, and today I took a look at each month since last summer. Started off strong, stayed strong through Christmas, started to run less (it's HARD to get out of bed when it's dark out, no matter how much I know it's good for me) and then even less in the springtime. I think I'm so worn out by the end of the year that it's even harder for me to get out of bed. I'd like to stay strong through the springtime next year.
So, those are my goals for next year. What are yours? Link up and share!