I have to admit. Resolution is a bit of a bad word to me. I’m not sure that I’ve ever made a New Year’s Resolution. Resolutions always seems like a promise you make to yourself with a wink-wink nudge-nudge knowing that you’ll let yourself off the hook.
I woke up this morning and was reading through blogs and there were so many resolution posts and linkies. Amanda at Teaching Maddeness made a good point saying that posting them publicly makes you more likely to follow through. I suppose it is time to give it a try….
Prioritize my time to focus on the kids.
Sometimes I find myself doing so much at school that I have a hard time finding time to really focus on my own students. There was a moment last month that woke me up again. It was 5 o’clock on a Friday and I was still in my classroom. I try to have 5 o’clock curfew, but I try to leave earlier than that on Fridays. I asked myself, “Why am I so behind?!?” I realized that I had had a meeting each day that week that had kept me from focusing on my classroom. Friday was the first day of the week that I was able to be in my classroom after school. My resolution is to try not to let all those other teacher duties pull me away from focusing on my students.
Have moments of actual mental peace.
I keep my mind too busy. I’m thinking about chores that need to be done. I’m thinking about school. I’m thinking about items I want to create. I’m looking at TV, Facebook, Pinterest, blogs….. I need to give my brain a break. Maybe that will mean just completing what I’m thinking about instead of thinking about it. Maybe it will mean going away from home into nature away from all of those distractions. I’ll figure it out. I need to calm my brain.
Take more pictures.
I want to try to remember to take more pictures of things happening in my class to share. I’m a visual person so I feel like I need a picture in order to blog about something. I need to take more pictures at school so I’ll allow myself to share more with you.