It's a new year, a new attitude, and a new day! If this doesn't make you feel ready to kick start some changes, I don't know what does!
So I'm linking up with a few of my BBBs to share with you where this blog will be headed in the new year!
- BLOG MORE!: When I first started this blog a little over a year ago, I found time to fit it in my busy schedule whenever I could. Blogging became my place to share, vent, show, collaborate, and learn. I want to get back to the routine of blogging at least 3 times a week, and having MEANINGFUL posts. As much as I love creating for TPT and sharing my products, I don't just want this to be a place of promotion. I want to blog more to share more, not to promote.
- Share often: I can't tell you how many ideas I've gotten from other teacher's blogs that truly work in the classroom. Nothing brings a bigger smile to my face then reading comments from other teachers that have used my ideas. I want to share what works and what doesn't work, so we all can teach and learn!
- Collaborate: I have met some of the most amazing teachers around the world through this blogging community (shout out to my BBBs!!) And this wouldn't have been possible without collaboration. I want to comment, reply, share the love and ideas with all of you wonderful teachers out there! Let's collaborate!! (*I'm even joining a collaborative blog ALL about collaborating!)
- SHOW it in action: I don't just create random products for my TPT store. They are tried and true activities that have worked in my own classroom and my students love and learn from. I want to show my products in action more, instead of just promoting them. There's nothing better then seeing students work hard on a task that you can get for your own room!
There you have it! Keep following in this New Year to see all of these things from this lil ol' blog of mine! And head on over and link up with one of those amazing bloggers I was talking about, Diane, to share your resolutions!
Another one of my inspirations since the beginning of my blogging days is Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics! Her ME linky party couldn't have better timing, it is JUST what I need right now! So here's a little soul searching for you all. Let's get DEEP!
I am known at my school as a ball of energy, the energizer bunny, always smiling, always bubbly, and never stopping. I have been this way my whole life and I love being the positive, glass half full, optimistic one! But a few months ago something changed.
The new teacher evaluations from our state came down and the stress started piling up. My masters course work continued to grow and volleyball season was no where near ending as I spent every night in a gym. I was told that even though I'd been teaching for 4 years and graduated BEFORE a new mentor program was implemented that I still had to complete mentor/teacher tasks (mind you, the state admitted I could basically sue because they screwed up my license, but we won't get into that debacle) Mind you, this last year of tasks is about 70-80 hours of work that includes 5 tasks with video taping hour long lessons, voice over commentating, writing research reports and research based lesson plans, and a wholeeee lotta other things!
And the energy, smiles, and bubbliness (yes, it that is now a word!) slowly started to dwindle.
Tack that on to a few personal problems, and you have one grumpy, sad, teacher.
So as break started to draw nearer I began to reflect and analyze where I saw myself heading. I realized I didn't like me. I don't like being negative, sad, upset, crying, or pessimistic about anything. And I certainly was being those things. I leaned on my husband to help support me, and he was a champ.
I took 2 weeks of some serious relaxation, time away from teaching, blogging, grading, planning, evaluation, data, and everything else that caused me stress.
Now, I'm not going to tell you that "VOILA!" things are all better. But we're getting there, people! I am back to my bubbly and cheery self. I'm finding time to workout and eating healthier, and I am taking my stress load one day at a time. When school starts up I know it will be tough, but I've made it this far, and I'm only looking forward!
So what is my 1 for me goal? REMEMBER who I am!
I want to be the same positive, fun-loving, energetic gal I've always been. And I know with hard-work, focus, and keeping the end result in mind that I can continue to be that. I have a great support group around me (special shout out and thanks to my hubs!) and I know it's possible.
I hope you're all with me when I say it's time to make time for US! As teachers we are constantly worried about others. Wiping their tears, hugging them, holding them, caring for them. And I plan to continue to do this, but I plan to care for myself, too!
Thanks for letting me spill out my heart. I promise to get back to meaningful teacher posts (after all, it is one of my blogging resolutions!)