Tremendous Twitter: The School Year Begins

School began today and will continue tomorrow with PD days, and then the 9th with students.  Before all the craziness begins, I wanted to reflect on my summer, and look forward to the f..f..f… FALL. (I’m a summer girl at heart, warm weather suits me – NJ makes it difficult).

Being on Twitter, I have a renewed sense of excitement for the 1st day of school.  I’m thrilled to incorporate blogs, TLAP ideas, and just utilize WAY more technology than I have in the past.  I’m using this post to reflect on what I want to use from my “Summer of Twitter” and set goals for myself!

1) I WILL have my students blogging.  KidBlog is all set up and ready to go!  I won’t grade their responses as I want to use this year as a pilot year, but am thrilled about the students reflecting on their learning and being able to WRITE while having some fun!

2) My school district (many thanks to the administration) has purchased new laptops and new Windows 8 tablets for our use.  Although I am accustomed to an iPad, I’m head over heels about having the tablets – can’t wait to test drive them.  I plan to utilize them much more in my lessons!

3) On my first day of school, there will be play-doh.  That’s all I need to say.

4) Going along with the pirates, I want to use more music in my room.  I’m a band geek from way back, and music holds a special place in my heart.  From Science to Writing to Math, I want to find songs that fit in with lessons to change things up for my students (and for myself).

5) Personal note:  I will be co teaching with a wonderful colleague this year, and can’t wait to learn & grow with her.  It will definitely be a change, but one that I’m finding will be awesome. (Two heads are better than one, as two famous co teachers once said…)

Yes, I’ll be using other Twitter & Pinterest ideas along the way, but here are some BIG goals for my upcoming school year.  I feel like I’m a brand-spankin’ new teacher again, with all these ideas that I can’t wait to try! Woo!

One last point that has been drilled into me this summer by my PLN is that I don’t want to be afraid to fail.  I don’t want to be safe all the time – I want to try different paths, see where things take me and my students!  I think that just by starting this blog and trying to stick to the above goals, I’m already on a different path than my previous Septembers, but I’m super excited for this ride.