Friday, July 24, 2015

My New School Year's Resolution

I'm joining my new friend Kelsey at Simply Magical Learning in her link-up: My New School Year's Resolution. I make "resolutions" from time to time. A couple of years ago, my motto was "Positive and Professional". It just so happened that it was one of my more "challenging" years that I had in a looong time. I made up that motto not knowing what was in store for me! I think I made until Fall Break before it fell apart.
Anyway...
 Lay low: I plan on sitting back and not saying anything during Speech meetings. (BTW, when I told a coworker/friend about that, she laughed.) I'm a little tired of voicing my opinion & sharing things when others don't listen, whisper when I'm talking (or when someone else is, for that matter), and not giving me a simple "thank you" when I share materials. I'm also tired of being only 1 of a very few SLPs who share things. (I just don't understand not sharing.) I'm seriously over it.

Spend less time with TpT: I mentioned in my Slow Down post that this summer I opened up a cabinet and looked at all of my "stuff". I need to look at my materials (most are my own personal materials) and use what I can. If I can't use it, I need to give it away or sell it. My plan is to only buy from TpT when I'm looking for something specific. I also plan on only making things when I need them for therapy.

Enjoy my students: This really isn't tough. I love my kids; heck, I love all of the kids at my schools! The older I get, the more fascinated I am with them and how their little minds work. I love to watch them grow through the year. With the paperwork, data collection,  & meetings, sometimes we tend to lose the enjoyment of getting to know our students. The paperwork, data collection, and meetings will still need to be done, but I intend to enjoy my students this year and not get so wrapped up in the other stuff.

Do you make resolutions? Do you stick with them? Join Kelsey  (She's a pretty awesome 1st Grade Teacher!) and link up with your new school year resolutions.

2 comments:

  1. That's so sad that you have to lay low in your meetings, but I completely understand where you're coming from! It's sad that we can't voice our opinions and ideas in certain environments because it seems like some people just don't want to improve things. That's what teaching and learning is all about! Some people just don't get it... And I totally hear you on staying off of TPT! I have cabinets full of resources, but I'm too lazy to look through them. It's so much easier to get on TPT and just pay a few bucks, but it's definitely not the smart decision! Good luck this school year and keeping up with your resolutions! Thank you so much for linking up, new friend! :D

    Kelsey Buckles
    Simply Magical Learning

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  2. Great resolutions, Mary! I'll be sure to share with you (if I have anything!). Don't be afraid to share what you know, though! You have many years of experience and it should be heard. Remember, how people behave is their problem, not yours. You know where your value comes from and so do I! Rock on, friend and change lives!

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