This year I resolve to:
1. Really use the technology I discovered in my Web 2.0 class earlier in the summer. I have a tendency to learn about new technology, but then let it drop as the year passes. I found several web sites that my creative writing students could use to write children's books. Also, found some great sites that would make my classroom more interactive. I need to consciously add these tools to my lessons!
2. Read more professional books. I didn't read much professionally last year, and I found myself getting burnt out much earlier in the spring. Professional reading keeps me excited. It empowers me to better myself and my classroom. I need to keep a "to be read" list of professional books for the year. The first two on my list are The Book Whisperer and 14 Things Great Teachers Do.
3. I will be an active learner. I have a great PLN started, not only with people in my district, but also with new friends in the blogging and Twitter world. I must take advantage of all that knowledge!
Two quotes will also guide my teaching this year. Attributed to Buddha, the first is Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind? Students, teachers, janitors, administration. It doesn't matter? Everyone has things going on in their lives that affects their daily attitude. Things that affect how they deal with others. My attitude needs to be kind. Attitude is everything.
The other quote that I have been using as a mantra this summer and will continue to use throughout the year,