Featured and What I Will Do Differently Next Year

Today I am featured at Mrs. Crofts' Classroom! Tina was so sweet to ask me, so go on over when you're done reading this post and see what I have to say. I think that we'll both be pleasantly surprised, as I wrote that post a few weeks ago and I kind of forgot what I wrote :)

I am finishing up my first year in my new building. I gave up math (boo-hoo - Well, actually, I personally enjoy math, but it's so frustrating to me when kids don't know their facts!) and added another section of social studies, so that makes three sections of social studies and one section of literacy. There are a lot of things that I need to/have to change, but these are the ones to which I'm going to commit.
I am using very little of my front wall for instruction. Between my desk and a four-feet-too-short whiteboard, I am wasting good space. Plus, I'll need to add at least four more desks next year. I'm not ready to give up my teacher desk, but I think that I can shift some things around and make more efficient use of my space. We will see.
My school-issued laptop from 2010 is SSSSLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWW. Yesterday I found 16 GB in the trash. Eep! I also need to backup and take off all of the math files I no longer need. I also need to figure out what I haven't used in years and get that off as well. I'll keep the files on my external drive, but there are many things that don't need to be on my laptop. I also need to organize and file all of the goodies that I've downloaded this year. Right now, they are all sitting in one folder on my desktop.
We are going to purchase a new reading series. We are going with the Journeys series, which is all aligned to the Common Core, so this should be an easy task. I just need to do a better job of posting I Can statements.
Since there are no Common Core standards for social studies, we have to get our power standards (I think that's what they're called - it's still a little fuzzy for me) from the Iowa Core. It will be nice to have a little focus for each unit, but coming up with the focus 

Visit {Finding JOY in 6th Grade} to see what others are committing to next year!


  1. My advice...clean up or back up those computer files soon. I had my teacher computer and one of my student computers crash in the last 3 weeks. They were only 2009 HP computers.

  2. Hi Diane, Space is always an issue for me -- whether it be in my room, on my desk, or on my computer! These sound like great goals! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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