Saturday, December 15, 2012

Reading Resolutions for the New Year

It's hard to believe that it is almost 2013.  I remember standing outside my apartment in New York on the New Year's Eve of the dramatized potential disaster known as Y2K. I was 30 years old, and planning to start having a family in the New Year--this was my hopeful resolution back then. My husband and I walked down 2nd Avenue after the stroke of midnight, feeling so old and wise.  13 years later, it's hard to believe we a) don't live there anymore, b) are the parents of two little ones who think anything that happened in the 1900's means you are a bazillion years old, c) are actually not old and wise, and d) that we have both been teaching for the majority of our adult lives. What?!

Part of each New Year is of course the resolutions we make, all in the hopes of somehow being and doing better.  For my students, I've always done some sort of writing activity related to resolutions, and this year I will continue to do so.  The big difference will be the super awesome bulletin board I will create to display student work and reflections on their resolutions as readers for 2013.

I've just posted my Reading Resolutions Pack in my TPT shop:
(Click on the picture above to check it out in the shop.)

This resource contains 3 different writing activities (with printables and teaching suggestions) for your students to reflect and plan for their reading in the New Year, along with clip art images for bulletin board/door displays and bookmarks to laminate and give students as a New Year's gift and remind them to stick with their goals.

I plan to do this with my students the week we return from vacation.  I haven't even begun to formulate or firm up my own New Year's resolutions yet--have you?!  Too much to do and too little time! Nothing at all as exciting as Y2K is happening, and I'm sure this year's resolutions will have something to do with the family that was only an idea back then. Plus, of course, some of my vices and things I would like to do that I've maybe been to timid to try will be addressed.  I'm looking forward to a relaxing vacation where I can actually ponder and reflect.

**As an early New Year's gift for you, the first 3 of you to comment will receive the full pack for free!

6 comments :

  1. I love this idea Heather! Did you design the clipart yourself? It is so cute!!

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    1. Hi Kristen--thanks! No, I didn't design it. My friend Julie did. She's a fabulous artist, writer and illustrator of children's books. She wrote the wonderful "Wink: the Ninja who Wanted to be Noticed", which I use for so many purposes each year. Send me your email address and I'll shoot the file off to you later today!

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  2. Pretty Awesome!! I LOVE the idea to challenge the reading with in the classroom!! When we return we will be getting to "serious" work with that!!

    Just found your blog!! Super CUTE!! Cant wait to follow along!!
    Sarah
    shetrick@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sarah--thanks! I follow your blog and credit you with my ability to lock a pdf document! I'll be sending you the file :)

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  3. I love this! The opportunity to reevaluate our reading goals is always a plus...

    fearlessin5th@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Sandy! The file is on its way to you. I'd love to get your feedback if you end up using it :)

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