Thursday, December 27, 2012

Resolution Update

Teaching Maddeness
Amanda at Teaching Maddeness is having a linky party about resolutions. This is a good opportunity for me to go back to my beginning of the school year resolutions to see how those were going.

My first resolution was to implement parts of Daily 5/CAFE into my literacy teaching. So yeah, that's not going well. There are a few problems with this one. First of all, I only have fifty-five minutes for literacy, plus a half-hour following lunch. After taking attendance and lunch count and announcements and the pledge, we're already ten minutes in to the period. Our district wants us to use a basal, so that is what I primarily use. But the main reason is that this particular group of students has an incredibly hard time working/reading independently. When we're not doing whole-class activities, I spend most of my literacy time keeping students on task. I don't know what else to do. I've set class expectations, we've had a town meeting of sorts to discuss our frustrations, and I currently have the whole class on a point sheet. It just seems that no one wants to take responsibility for their behavior. So meeting in small groups while others are independently working just isn't a reality right now. Maybe some of you who have been through this with your class would have some pointers for me.

Now, my second resolution is going well. That one was to have a more organized classroom. Since I essentially started with a clean slate, it wasn't that hard to do. But I thought about going in during break to move my desk and some bookshelves, but that might have to wait for spring break.

My third resolution was to get to know my new coworkers better. Due to scheduling, there are teachers and staff who I see everyday, and some who I never see. Ever. So I think that I have been successful with those who I see often, and I still need opportunities to get to know those who I don't get to see.
Jen at The Teacher's Cauldron is also having a linky about resolutions. My blogging resolution is to write useful posts that might be helpful to others.

As far as personal goals, I need to drop another fifteen pounds and become better at keeping the house clean. (Which I could accomplish if it weren't for the efforts of my six and two-year-old!) So Amanda is asking us to ask how far she ran today when we comment on one of her posts. Maybe you could ask me what I cleaned today? Or what I avoided eating ;)

Oh, and I'm two(!) followers away from 100! I need to think about a giveaway. Any ideas?

Enjoy the rest of your break!


  1. I am your newest follower..#99! I would love to improve my house cleaning capabilities too! Although, the hubby said we can hire a cleaning lady so I'm not going to argue with him on that :) Good luck on loosing 15 more lbs, I am working on that as well!

    Please stop by and follow my blog and help keep me on track for my weight loss!


  2. Yay!! You made it to 100! I'll be glad to offer a unit from my Lightbulb Minds (Intermediate TpT shop) for a giveaway - just let me know! I want to drop 10 pounds and keep the house clean, too! I just had it spotless before Christmas and then BOOM! Christmas exploded everywhere! I'm determined to get it back to spotless before starting back to school and KEEPING IT THAT WAY!! *sigh* #neverworkslikeplanned

    By the way, what did you clean today? :)

    Teaching Maddeness

  3. Hi! I am your newest follower (103!!). I have the same frustrations with Daily 5. I have been trying it for the first time this year and have the students on a tracking sheet for centers as well. We check in after each center and students assess "how they worked" by a star system. That is going okay but I still don't have time for many individual conferences and I don't have time to look over all the writing journals and word work activities. I feel that if I don't check on them, some will start to slack:( If you would like help with a giveaway, I would be happy to donate something from my TPT store! So glad I found your blog!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. That would be great! I'm going to do my giveaway right after the new year, so I'll definitely get more details from you before then. Do you have an email where I can contact you directly? I can go to your blog and snoop around there first :)

  4. I use Daily 5 and have been pretty successful - but we really had to build stamina from day one starting at 1-3 minutes at a time. I've found that we had to go back to day one right before break because it was challenging again. It is hard to get it started- but once you do it is wonderful!

    I would love to donate something from my TPT store to your giveway!

  5. Hi Diane! I'd be happy to donate something for your 100 Follower Giveaway--just say the word.


    1. Thank you! I will definitely contact you after the new year :)

  6. I agree about Daily 5 - my talkative 5th graders have so much trouble working on their own. Repeated practice did help somewhat but I'm not sure I'll do it again next year. One of my goals this year is also to lose some pounds - back to Weight Watchers online since I had some much success with it after my first baby. (And I can eat bananas for "free" now with the new system - yeah!)

    Hope your day is going well for you. :-)
    Mrs. Allen’s 5th Grade Files
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