Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Back to School Linky

I'm linking up with Jessica at I Heart Recess for her Back to School Linky and my first ever linky party! Yay! I hope I get this right! 

Personal: I enjoy reading so much, but during the school year I feel like I never have time to read my kind of books! This year I want to try and make a point to also read for my enjoyment! Usually during the school year, I usually only read "teachery" books. 

Organization: I really want to try and keep my desk clean all of the time. Each year I seem to get a little bit better at it, but it still isn't perfect. I've got to control my paper piles!

Planning: As I was blog stalking all summer (before taking the leap myself), I kept seeing people rave about the Erin Condren planner. I scoped things out and decided I want this. I can be frugal, so when I spend money, it holds me accountable. This should do the same! I can't wait for my Aug. 7 delivery! I hope to do my planning on Friday evenings for the following week. 

Professional: I plan to read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Again, I discovered this book by reading some blogs that have a book talk about it! As I read, I plan to go back to those blogs and read their posts and do some reflecting myself!

Students: My goal for my students at the beginning of the year is to get down all the routines and procedures. I like to incorporate music and sign language into my routines, so it's a little different from other teachers they've had in the past and sometimes takes a little bit to catch on. Once they have it, though, they love it! I also want them to get in the habit of organizing their desk every day first thing when they come into the classroom. (I will be their role model, because mine will be clean too!)

Motto: Being flexible is the best piece of advice I can offer and have learned over the years. We all know how much things can change on any given day! Being flexible is a valuable skill for our kids to know also.

Well, on the blogging front I figured out how to add some buttons to my page! I'm a fourth grade blogger, Iowa blogger, and a Bloglovin Blogger. Slowly but surely here! My biggest problem now is that I always want to be on the computer and not keeping up my housework! Anyone else have that problem? See you all later!


  1. Wow!! You have figured things out so fast for a newbie blogger! Your blog looks amazing! I love finding other fourth grade blogs too!!
    Being flexible is so important. Thanks for the reminder:) Housework...I hear you there! Blogging can be so time consuming (but so worth it and much more fulfilling than housework!!). :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  2. I hear ya with being fulfilling! I am loving it! I also love the networking with other fourth grade teachers too! I'm following your blog too! Can I ask you a question? How do you get your blog to show up as a link when you comment?

  3. I am reading "Teach Like a Pirate" right now and it is really good! A definite must-read!

    Love all of your goals!

    By the way, did you know that you are a “no reply blogger?” This means that when you leave a comment on another blog, the blogger can’t reply to you via email. You can visit and click on “Techy Tips” if you want to fix that. I believe she also has a tutorial on how to get your blog to show up as a link when you comment. :)

    Have a great day!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

    1. I finally made the time to fix these two things! Thank you for pointing me in the right direction! I appreciate it!
      Teacher Talk with Mrs. T