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Next Year's Tweaks -- Linky Party!

I just finished school last week and packed my room up. Took a couple days to enjoy family, celebrated my granddaughter's 2nd birthday, celebrated my son's  graduation from college (& subsequent locating of his first 'career' job! Yay!), cleaned my house, & tried to relax a couple days. I find myself ALREADY planning for next year! I know a lot of you are too (that's just the nature of teachers...isn't it?).
Here are my goals...just some changes and little tweaks I want to add next year:

  1. Move toward Guided Math. I did a research project on this last semester, and dabbled in it a bit, but I'm planning to implement fully next year. In fact, several other bloggers & I will be hosting a book study on Laney Sammons' book Guided Math very soon! Grab your own copy of the book & read along with us!
  2. Add Math Journals to my repertoire. I used to do these a few years ago, & somehow they've fallen by the wayside as time went on.
  3. Revamp my small group instruction. I just want to make the most of the time I have with kiddos during my small group.
  4. Strengthen my vocab instruction. Again-- I used to have a pretty strong vocab block but it kinda fell to the wayside. It seems there are so many demands on our time nowadays, & as I've had to add things, others had to go....but that's not always in the best interest of my students.
  5. Integrate SMARTboard activities. Just found out I'm getting a SMARTboard next year! Yay!
  6. Use anchor charts more effectively. I just feel like I could do a better job with my anchor charts. Seriously-- I see anchor charts that are posted out here in the bloggy world and think, " anchor chart skills need some work!" haha!
SO...what are YOU tweaking or adding next year? I'd love to hear what you're thinking! Link up & share! 


  1. Hi! I so need to move toward Guided Math. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
    For vocabulary, have you read Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction? It has a great/fun way to teach vocabulary. You can check out a free lesson of mine (must try).


  2. These are great goals! I'm new to blogging and am still learning about the linky thing. You'll love your smartboard. It took a year but all the kinks and learning curve is finally over. :) Good luck!

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