Sunday, January 4, 2015

Getting Ready to Return to School-Ahhhhh! Too Much To Do!!

 I wonder how many of us are preparing to return to school this week and are spending the evening working our tails off trying to get all of our planning finished.  Ha!  This is how I feel because I have procrastinated until now!  I tried to get a jump start on my planning earlier in the week, but was easily side tracked and distracted.

 This is a picture my husband snapped of me snoozing by the pool Friday afternoon when I should have been trying to get my lesson plans finished for this coming week.  He titled his Facebook post, "Roughing It During The Last Days of Christmas Break!" It was very difficult, but somebody had to take a nap!

I had a wonderful break spending much of my time with family & friends, relaxing, and just having a good time, but...

Tonight, I am focused on the tasks ahead and wanted to take a moment to share what I have been working on...

I mentioned this new product in last week's The Sunday Scoop that I was trying to finish it.  Well, most of it is finished now so I decided to go ahead and add it to my TpT store (here).  I will continue to update this product as I add the finishing touches to the ELA  & Math Standards, student graphs, teacher grouping & planning, and the home-school connection pieces.

This packet also includes my Happy New Year 2015 Resolutions along with how to set your SMART GOALS!  You may want to just try the Happy New Year 2015 Resolutions first, and if you like it, then you may want to checkout the Student Goal Setting Packet.  

I was completely inspired to create this product after participating in a Twitter Chat for 4th grade teachers, #4thchat, prior to Christmas Break!  It was amazing, and if you are a 4th grade teacher I highly recommend you join us for the next chat scheduled for tomorrow, 1/5/15 starting @ 8:00 pm EST!  Then I came across this fabulous blog by Stephanie Van Horn...

3rd Grade Thoughts
Stephanie blogs about starting her 3rd grade students on weekly SMART Goals! I spent at least an hour scouring over her wonderful blog and outstanding ideas! I haven't incorporated her ideas yet, but I've written them into this week's lesson plans!  Thanks Stephanie!  Go Check her out!!  

Well, it's time to get back to my lesson planning!  I'm off task yet again!  Man, this is going to be hard to focus this week.  It's a good thing I'm goal setting!  HA!  Happy New Year all, and I hope you have a wonderful week.