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TEACHING RESOLUTIONS

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The waning days of 2006 and a vacation from school (actual time for introspection!) inspired some education bloggers to consider their teaching-related resolutions for 2007. These ranged from the specific (Epiphany in Baltimore resolved to grade papers more quickly) to the general (Lady Strathconn resolved simply to try harder at everything) to the sarcastic (TeacherTalk's Erica Jacobs resolved to "be a beacon of light in fulfilling all administrative tasks such as creating innovative, common lesson plans that will not only be fun and engaging to students but will guarantee a 10% increase in their standardized test scores.") Jacobs also argued that, for educators, the New Year should rightly come in September, when school starts. Then there was Weblogg-ed, who blogs about using the Web in the classroom. He resolved to narrow his blog-reading on the topic from 125 (!) to 40, and to focus his blog on what other practitioners are doing—as opposed to himself. What about you? Did you make any teaching- or classroom-related New Year's resolutions?

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Wow! You mentioned me in an entry. And I have never even been here before. Thanks. You are now #140 on my Bloglines roll.

My birthday is in May (like you care) and yet in around November/December I start lying about my age (a year older). My husband just suggested that maybe it is because to me, the year starts in September and by November, May seems like last year.

Well, just turned 21 and I will be teaching my first class in less than a year. I attended a seminar a week ago that was all about bringing literature to life. So when I start my class, I'm going "bring literature to life!" When we read novels, I'm going to do more hands on things that will have the student become a part of the story we are reading.

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