Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I decided to create a tag cloud using Tagxedo to see what I have been trying to say with this blog in 2010.

I was glad to see that I have used the words "share" and "students" many times. I'm thinking a New Year's resolution can be to chill out on using the word "little" so often. It's one of those female, apologizing-all-the-time things I do I'm sure.

I also thought I might revisit my list of goals for the school year that I made in August.

1. Class Website - I am really proud of how this has turned out. I think it has been a good tool to communicate with students and parents outside of school. I now need to figure out better ways to get parents and students involved- it has been somewhat of a one way street so far. We have also tried out student blogging this year, and it has been fun for the kids. I'm not sure how much they've gotten out of it, but all in all it has been a solid effort. My new goal for 2011 is to find time for meaningful student blogging.

2. My Personal Blogging- Obviously there is room for improvement here. Like most things in my life, I am hot one minute and cold the next. Really need to work on that consistency thing... My goal is to start posting at least once a week because I have found this process to really help me reflect on my teaching (and learning).

3. Not Be Afraid to Try New Things- Well, I think this has been somewhat achieved. I have definitely opened myself up to some new experiences this year. One biggie has been giving students more control over their learning. I have been much better about giving students open-ended assignments and projects that have allowed them to show their creativity. I know that I can do more of this. Also, I created a new Project Wiki so that our classes can showcase their work. I consider this an accomplishment because up until a few months ago, I seriously had no clue what a "wiki" even was.

4. Ask Myself What's Best for the Students- Somehow, this is the one that I have struggled the most with. So many days I rush around like a crazy person trying to fit everything in. I am sometimes short with students who want to tell me stories because I'm "too busy" or because we have "so much to fit in before _______." My goal for 2011 is to SLOW DOWN, not over-plan, and take the time to be there for my students. That's who we're here for, right?

What are your goals for 2011?

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