Saturday, December 31, 2011

Linking Up and Looking Around!

There are several different Link-Ups going on in BlogLand!  What a wonderful way to link up and find new friends!  In order to avoid a blogging infraction and post twice in one day (I forget why that's a rule... Many bloggers are so talented... I'd be delighted if they posted HOURLY!?), I made this a combo post.  Be sure to click on the links and join the party!

First, I'd like to tell you about a new link up going on at Secondary Solutions.  Kristen has organized the Linky page by content, so you can find a teacher who  teaches the same subjects that you teach.  It's a great way to share questions and solutions with people who are "living the same life" in one way or another each day.  I've already found three new friends and lots of new ideas (Of course, I haven't planned my reading lessons for next week, but I hear (from the kids) that "Reading and writing make me a better reader and writer"... Blogging DOES have an important purpose!

In addition, Mor is having a New Year's Resolutions Link-Up over at A Teacher's Treasure.  I just love this CUTE button--I think it made this task more do-able!

AND, Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten is having a similar Linky Party.  And she has another cute Linky button.  I swear I was born without a "cute" gene."  It's all straight lines, boxes, and an occasional circle for me! Sorry, Gals, I'm using the same post for both.  I hope this doesn't break any blogging rules.

Usually, making resolutions is quite difficult for me.  Despite Alfie Kohn's suggestions, I still respond to extrinsic reinforcement.  Without the rewards of candy or a sticker chart or a quick and a specific "management" system (Moving my clip has not proven effective), I find myself giving-up-and-giving-in far too easily.  However, in the spirit of the moment, I am going to give it a try...

1.  I could sum up almost all of my issues in one word: Organization.  Yes, my tendencies for clutter and random placement of things leave me constantly searching through piles and beginning sentences with "Have you seen the..." However, I have an even greater need for MENTAL organization.  Said simply, I need to plan ahead! My day runs so much more smoothly when I start the day with everything sorted, copied, organized, and prepared.  On too many days, I am rushing to the office during recess to run off the papers for the math lesson that I am teaching in eleven minutes!  I need to plan more than a day/week (sometimes an hour) ahead! 

2.  Although I usually get everything done (eventually!), I am forever playing "catch up."  It is all related to the discussion above.  Sometimes I forget that when I am finishing things at the last minute, I am affecting others who either have to "hurry up along with me," or be saddened by the craziness that sometimes envelopes me. So, I will treat others with more care and kindness by being responsible (Odd, I feel like I should raise my right hand and take an oath when I say that!)

3.  I need to plan more consistent and more sequential lessons for guided reading.  I have one group of sixth graders working on third grade sight words and one group working on a short story laced with foreign references and French vocabulary.  And three groups working on different things in between.  If I had more hours in a day or I needed less sleep (Oops, I'm promising below to work on that one!), I might be able to do a better job.  It hurts my heart when I admit that I cannot meet all of the ever-growing needs of those entrusted to my care (So I hide the truth from myself and I keep on moving forward!)

1.  I need to find that balance between school and everything-else-in-my-life. "School" only has 6 letters, and yet it takes up MOST of my life.  I so LOVE my kiddos, and after almost three decades, I still love my job (although working with the kids is generally preferable to working with those... over twelve).  These days, it seems that it takes more and more time, money, and energy to accomplish less and less... partly because I am older and partly because the kids have so many needs.  ANYWAY, I need to find a way to take care of the other aspects of my life... in short, to take care of me.  (See next resolution!)

2.  I need to take better care of myself... just in general.  It is not particularly wise to have a life in which you sleep less than five hours, eat Cocoa Krispies for dinner, and long for the weekends so that you can "get in some good planning time."  More than once, I have looked longingly at some kid's bag of chips or my colleagues' creations during lunch and settled, instead, for my ever-accessible Diet Coke.  So planning ahead comes into play here too (See resolution #1)

3.  I need to work on relationships... with my friends and family, with the hubs and with God.  I need to be a better listener, and to work harder to hold up "my end of the deal."  I need to be less self-centered and more willing to put my wishes and my ideas aside (for even five minutes would be a good start).  As trite as it sounds, I just need to better person.  Out of all that I listed this is most important to me.  My list of "thankful" prayers are longer than my list of "needs" prayers.  I am SO blessed in so many ways....

So that's my best effort!  I have GOT to work on planning for next week (GULP! It's almost here!)  Be sure to click on the pictures and link back to the parties.  They're waiting to hear from YOU!


  1. You have amazing goals!!! Thanks for linking up!

    Happy New Year!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  2. Balance is a great goal! I need to work on that one, too!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  3. Hey Kim - How fun to read what you've resolved to do. I liked Farley's idea about picking just one word . . . simplicity! I'm just checking in to wish that your every dream come true this year . . . and thank you for your inspiration! Sending smiles from the south,


    ps. I agree that balance is a good goal; I've actually got a guest post coming about that very topic in an upcoming blog.

  4. Oooohhh read the well balanced teacher by Mike Anderson!! It will help, I promise!

  5. Enjoyed your post! Here's to a balanced 2012!

  6. Kim-

    You are too funny! I love reading what you write!!! :)

    I'm actually playing "catch-up" today (and I've been off from work for goodness sake!)while the husband and step-son are working on a fence and the daughter is still sleeping at a friend's house. Emails, blog hopping, cooking eventually, cleaning out and organizing (YEA), laundry, and the list goes on!!!!!!!!!!


  7. Loved reading your resolutions!!!
    Thanks again for ALL of your support. I felt so special that you commented on the plane - and the stuff about the pilot cracked me up!!!!! :)
    So glad you're home, safe and sound.
    Happy New Year!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  8. You aren't allowed to post more than once a day???!!!! OH NO! I am a SUPER offender then. OY....So many rules to learn.

    Have a wonderful 2012 :)

    Teaching in Room 6

  9. Organization can be easy and fun, but only when you have the time. I can sit here and think right now of ten things I want to organize, but I will never have the time to get to them all. Then by the time I start organizing something, I will realize a better way to organize it. It is such a constant cycle. I hope you had a great New Years!

  10. Oh sweet Kim!
    Thank tho tho tho much for the sweet compliment that I am your FAVORITE!!! (ok for at least 3 hours) :)
    I adore you as well. Your seriousness over here kind of threw me off as I have found your hilarity quite entertaining, but thanks for rounding out my reading with some real life goals...
    You are THE BEST!!!

  11. Thank you so much for joining the party, Kim! We are so glad you joined in. Here's to a fabulous 2012!

    Secondary Solutions

  12. Hi friend, this post is for you :)

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  13. Hey Scout - LOVED the MLK stuff over at Literacy Minute. Isn't Sandra great? Hope you're off one more day for the Rose Bowl - go Badgers! Happy 2012.


  14. I love me some cocoa krispies!!!

    Wishing you lots of organization and balance in 2012!!

    My Life as a Fifth Grade Teacher


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