Next School Year I Am Definitely Going To......





I am very happy to be linking up with Kim at Finding Joy in the 6th Grade for her linky!

I am just about to start Grade 3 Testing - the time when I have to take down or cover up bulletin boards and anchor charts and not help my class with their work, so this is usually the time I look around and think about what I want to do differently next year and what I want to try. This linky is perfect timing for where I am at mentally right now!



I purchased the Interactive Math Journals from Runde's Room this year but haven't started using it yet. I plan on reading through it this summer, planning out how I want to use it and trying to make a few sample pages myself. I would like to try more "notebooking" in general and have created a pin board just on this topic - but my goal for next year is just math!




 I think I have done a decent job this year of co-creating anchor charts with my students. I like to use a combo of these anchor charts and mini-posters I make to create a resource wall for students to refer to. I read this post by Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching and thought - I definitely want to do that next year!



This was my first year back in a Grade3/4 after being in a Grade 2/3 and I think I dropped the ball on novel studies and book talks. I really want to get a better handle on this over the summer and have already found some excellent blog posts and resources to help me along. I also bought many, many reading comprehension fans to help guide our talks!




I have been inspired by Amanda at Collaboration Cuties and Jivey at Ideas by Jivey to start using mentor sentences next year. I even purchased Jivey's 10 week unit on using mentor sentences to get me started.



I often find myself taking on more than I want to at school and becoming frustrated by not being able to do my best or feeling rushed because I have said yes (or just not said no) to too many things. I would like to focus on what I really want to do and give those few things my all and say no thank you to the rest.

I love this linky already - it is great to see other people's goals for next year. I feel like we are all still learning and growing (even the bloggers I think have it all together) !

Be sure to link up - I would love to read about your goals!!

9 comments

  1. I so agree with you on using interactive notebooks. I tried to do more notebooking this year and for a few weeks at a time it would go really well, and then everything else would get in the way and I would forget to notebook for several weeks. I need to be much more consistent and meaningful in my use of notebooks next year. Your other goals are pretty similar to most of my thoughts as well! :o)
    Tara
    TeachingwithTWitte

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  2. Love your goals! Very realistic! Glad to be an inspiration! hee hee ;-)
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey

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  3. I've never heard of mentor sentences...thanks so much for posting about them! I love that idea.

    Beth
    Thinking of Teaching

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  4. I completely agree about focusing on what you do best - and letting other things go. I often over-extend myself and then get frazzled. I also want to do more book talks. I used to do a lot of them about 5-6 years ago and it really made a difference to the excitement around reading in my class.

    Enjoy the rest of your year!
    Corrina
    From Mrs. Allen’s Teaching Files

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  5. Sounds like you have some great goals! I love using notebooks with my students. I bet you will too. I completely agree with you about learning to stay "no." It is so easy to end up taking on too much. That is something I need to work on too.

    Amy
    Eclectic Educating

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  6. I'm joining the mentor sentences bandwagon too!! I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes for everyone.
    ~Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  7. Love the link of teaching grammar using mentor sentences. What a great way to keep students engaged! I also like to find real world grammar mistakes to display and have the students find the error.

    ericashep.blogspot.com

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  8. Your goals are so similar to mine! Interactive math journals and mentor sentences are at the top of my list too. I can totally relate to your last one! So true:)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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