The school year here in PA is rapidly approaching, and as organized as I claim myself to be, I am scrambling a bit to get everything done. Summer just seemed to go by so quickly, and August definitely took me by surprise!
One of the biggest resources that has helped me find lessons, organization and set up ideas, as well as new PLN members is….PINTEREST! If you are not familiar with the site, Pinterest is a way to collect interesting and useful sites and information in one place. I know I’ve definitely had an instance or two when I’ve wanted to go back and reference something, but just can’t seem to remember where I found it! Pinterest helps you to avoid those issues!
I use Pinterest not only for school organization, but also for items that I love, recipes, and DIY projects that I plan to make. You can create as many boards as you would like and there isn’t a limit to the amount of pins you can have in each (as far as I know). The general rule of thumb on Pinterest is to give credit where credit is due: if you find a picture of a great classroom set up on a Google search, don’t pin from there. Trace the picture back to its source so that the original poster gets credit for the image. I would hate to think that someone else is taking credit for any of my pictures or posts, so I don’t pin anything that doesn’t have a source.
If you’re like me, you are always looking to find new and interesting resources and people in the music education field. For your pinning pleasure, I have included all of my Music Ed related boards below so that you may browse and repin if you would like. If you find me to be one of those new and interesting people, feel free to follow me (Julie2884)!
Music Board (random Music-related pins)
Music Ed Musings Board (links from my blog)
Some boards have more pins than others, but they are all a work in progress. I plan to re-organize as I find more valuable resources, making more specific boards that are easier to search for.
There is also an Elementary Music Classroom Ideas Board that has some great pins on it – it is a collaborative board that allows multiple pinners. What’s great about a board like this is that someone else may find something that you haven’t. I have also found myself liking certain ideas that I probably wouldn’t have looked at otherwise! If you would like to contribute to this fabulous board, pop into the Facebook Music Teachers Group and let the creator, Joe Pisano, know!
Pinterest is now available on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
I would love to see your Music Ed related boards, so feel free to share your user name or URLs in the comments below!
What is it about January 1st that makes people want to change? Is it the idea that a new year equals a clean slate? Do we really get more motivated at the strike of midnight? Who knows! I have to admit, I do slightly play into the hype. The new year is a time when we all take a look at what we have done and accomplished in the last 12 months and decide how we want to better ourselves in the coming new year. I don’t typically like to use the word “resolution,” as it has a bit of a flakey connotation to me; I much prefer the word “goal.”
In the spirit of Auld Lang Syne, here are my goals for 2012:
Become more organized.
Personal: I believe that clutter equals stress, and I constantly feel like I cannot fully relax at home because there are things that need to be organized. My goal is to organize these areas of my home and develop systems to keep these areas clean and tidy so that I can more fully enjoy my time at home.
Professional: Part of my advice for new teachers is to stay organized. Even though this is my fourth year of teaching, it’s my first in this position and in elementary school and I could definitely use some attention in this area. My goal is to better utilize online resources to streamline my lesson planning as well as to create systems in my classroom for better organization of papers, music, and classroom materials.
Personal: Even the control freak in me realizes that we can’t always plan for things or events in our personal lives. My goal is to better plan out the things that I HAVE to do (I’ve been known to procrastinate heavily when it comes to chores and car maintenance) so that I can better enjoy the things that aren’t planned….hopefully they are more fun! 😉
Professional: Planning ahead in my teaching lessons has never been something that I’ve done well, and I am not entirely sure why. It’s been especially tough this year because I am surrounded by so many new resources and so much new information for elementary music that I find it hard to pinpoint exactly what I want to work on with my kids. My goal is to plan my lessons at least a week in advance, though I am striving for two. Consequently, I am hoping that planning further ahead will help with cohesiveness between lessons, particularly with my older students that I only see once a week.
Make more time for people.
Personal: I am by no means a hermit, but I do enjoy my alone time. My goal is to make more time to connect/reconnect with the people in my life, especially my family. We suffered quite a few losses this past year, and it reminded us all that life is too short and very fleeting – you have to enjoy the time that you have with each other and make the most of it. That’s what I intend to do.
Professional: I want to make myself more available to my students and colleagues in the coming year. My goal is to set up extra help time for my students before/after school – many have requested it, but the first half of the year was quite an adjustment for me and I could never wrap my head around it. I also plan to eat my lunches in the faculty room or with other teachers instead of working and eating – the faculty at my new school is so sweet and wonderful. I want to get to know them better and for them to know more about me.
Of course, there are other things that I plan to work on, both personally and professionally. Another big goal is to eat healthier – I tend to get tunnel vision when I am working on a project and I often forget to feed myself! Admittedly, I can also get lazy and resort to fast food when I’m “not in the mood” to do anything. By eating healthier and at home more often, I will save money as well as help my often weak and unreliable immune system. I will also be participating in the Project 365 photo challenge (though it will be 366 this year) to help me better appreciate the little things in life. I created a new Posterous account just for the challenge!
I’m hoping that by writing out my goals and committing to them in front of all of you, I will hold myself more accountable…I hate to disappoint!
What are your goals and resolutions for 2012? Would love to hear about the things you plan to work on both personally and professionally!