December 31, 2012

Resolutions for 2013

If I had to come up with one word that would summarize my 2012, it would be: challenging. Following my heart and moving to Louisiana has been one of the biggest risks in my life. And though I haven't enjoyed every experience here, I can say that I have learned from each and every one. And despite the challenges, I would make the same choice again to be with Joel because he's totally worth it!

In honor of the New Year, I'm participating in my very first linky party today to publicly declare my goals for 2013.

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My Resolutions

1. My big goal for school is that I'm revamping my entire classroom this semester to include daily center instruction. I am focusing on mini lessons and three rotating centers each day. This will help me give my students the small group instruction they need, but I have a lot of anxiety about the management. My students have a hard time doing anything without my direct help, so it's going to take a lot of adjusting for them to work independently at two centers. I am committed to this, though, because it's what's best for their learning. Wish me luck!

2. I am starting an account at Donor's Choose so I can ask others to donate to my classroom. For the past seven years, I've only turned to my own bank account when I needed to purchase things for my classroom. And let's face it, teachers always need things for their classrooms. As an ELA teacher, I've purchased hundreds of books for my classroom library. This year, though, my student population is very different than my students in suburban Chicago. This means I need to expand my library to allow for their interests and much lower reading levels. When you factor in my need to have four copies of each book (for book clubs), you'll see why it's a great idea that I start requesting these resources from others. There are plenty of people out there looking to donate to a worthy cause, and my classroom certainly qualifies!

3. I need to figure out what I want to do after this school year is over. At this point, Joel and I are hoping to move back to Chicago, and I'm not very optimistic about my odds of getting hired in that job market. Of course, I will try, but if I don't secure a teaching job for next year, I will need to decide if I want to sub again or try another route (Boys & Girls Club,YMCA) so I can have insurance and a steady paycheck. 

4.I haven't blogged about this at all yet, but I was diagnosed with PCOS this fall. I've been on a bit of an emotional roller coaster since my diagnosis, and I think I'm finally entering the phase of acceptance (although, I reserve the right to revert to previous stages of grief as necessary). Joel and I spent $200+ on groceries today and filled our kitchen with what my mom calls "God foods" to allow for a low-carb lifestyle. As someone who could happily live on a carb-only diet, this is quite the adjustment. I may not be happy about this, but I can't change the reality of it. I guess that makes this a forced resolution, but it's one I need to keep. If you have any good recipes, I'll taking suggestions!

5. I'm committing to starting some networking in the blog world. I need to start commenting on the teaching blogs I read and taking part in linky parties (like this one) to get my name out there. I want to participate in the education dialogue rather than just lurking in the background. I want to connect with other teacher bloggers so we can exchange stories and help each other become better teachers.

Wishing you all the best as you enter another calendar year. May it be filled with love health, wealth, love and learning!


  1. Hi! I found your blog through the "Teaching Maddenness" link-up. Happy New Year!
    I created a Donors Choose account a few months ago and decided to post my first request - just to see what would happen. It was pretty expensive (in my opinion) at $280 - I asked for white board paddles, markers, and erasers - and I found out last Thursday it had been fully funded. I was overjoyed and even teared up a little thinking about the generosity of others. I definitely recommend that site to all teachers!

    Happy 2013!

    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement! Happy New Year!