Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Resolution- Downtime!, forgive but what's that??
I am linking up with my sweet friend Amy of Step into Second Grade with Mrs. Lemons for a new resolution....creating downtime in my very, very, very busy divorced momma life. Oh boy, right?
1. Leave work at school.
Oh my goodness. I have tried to accomplish this for all 13 years of my teaching career. Most of the time, I can get a huge portion of the work taken care of when I am working under the pressure of a deadline {procrastination is my friend}. But all the other days of the nine weeks, papers stay in my bag and I carry them from school to home and back again without even opening my bag. Between meetings, dance classes, choir practices, after school activities and well, everyday life, the papers never see the light of my nightstand. So why do I keep taking them home?
This year, I will grade at school. I will only take home my grade book {my teacher life line}.
Seriously, I am going to post pictures and if you see those papers and 40 lb bag making their way the bloggy police!
2. Read More.
I read A LOT. It is one of my favorite things to do! But along with my resolution to continue my own professional learning, I need to read more for myself. I tend to do this much more during the summer, simply because I am the type of reader that will stay up until the wee hours of the night reading, not realize it, and then like to sleep in a little to make up for it. But, during the school year, this is not even an option. I need my sleep and all my energy for my daughter and my kiddos at school.

This year, I am going to read every night and use a book timer to set a reasonable time to go to sleep. I'll either read until the end of the chapter or when the timer goes off. It's worth a shot!

3. Learn how to use my camera.
I have an awesome camera Cannon T3i that I bought last February. It's the coolest thing ever and even though I am not a pro, I have caught some beautiful moments with my beloved camera.

This year, I want to learn more about how to take photos of the most precious thing in my life, my amazing daughter. I am hoping to also learn how to use my timer and tripod to get some nice shots of her and I together! I always tend to get everyone's picture {like a checklist in my head} but I always forget to ask to have someone take on of us! I gotta get better at that!

This year, I am going to learn to use my camera to capture beautiful pictures

4. Become an NFL QUEEN.
This is the first time that I have followed an entire football season. From the first preseason game to this last game of the reg season....I watched every single game! The playoffs will be awesome for my Texans and I can't wait to see them play! I even meet Arian Foster {I puffy heart} love him! I have about 5 new tshirts- all Texans and I even make my special dip for every game! My friends are already talking about tickets for next season and even Fantasy football....WOOHOO!!

This year, I am going to continue to learn more about the game and be the


5. Blog, blog, blog!
Believe it or not blogging is a downtime activity for me. It helps me to share ideas, process through some of what I learn everyday in the classroom and most importantly, allows me to be part of an amazing group of awesome teachers that understand the highs and lows of teaching.

This year, I will blog more and have some awesome freebies
and activities to share with you!

Hey, I guess I figured out a few downtime resolutions!
2013 is going to be an awesome year!


amy.lemons said...

I do the same thing with my teacher bag... take it home and never open it, ha!

Shelly Sitz said...

Is it possible for us to leave our work at school? I always have good intentions of doing that.

Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

Mrs. Wathen said...

I think we all have that bag! I think I left it at school once or twice and felt funny walking out without a bag!

The Resourceful Apple

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