I’ve never really been much for writing New Year’s Resolutions (or keeping them for that matter), but I decided I would start this year off a little differently by trying my hand at writing a few. Obviously, I’m not off to a great start because it is more than a week into the new year and I’m just now sitting down to write them. Also, having never really done this before I decided to stick with some of the more traditional resolutions. Never the less, I think I’m actually quite satisfied with what I cam up with. I do caution you that you will want to read my resolutions carefully because I have put my own little slant on them. Hopefully, in reading my resolutions you will decide to adopt one or two of them for yourself!
1) Eat healthy and exercise regularly
I encourage others to take in a healthy regimen of reading daily, but I often fail to find the time for me to read. I resolve to make reading a priority and commit time daily for my own reading pleasure.
2) Spend more time with family and friends
It seems like every time I book talk a book with students there are at least three or four a class period that want to take the book right then and start reading it. I resolve to spend more time with others talking about books in hope that it will continue to inspire others to read.
3) Lose weight
I have so many books. In fact, I am sure I have several thousand pounds of books! I resolve to drop my excess book weight by sharing my books with others.
4) Improve my education
I love learning and I love improving my craft. I resolve to continue my learning by reading several professional books this year.
5) Be more positive
I am positive that reading is the single most important factor it ensuring the educational success of all our students. I resolve to get books in the hands of our students and continue to encourage them to read.
6) Volunteer to help others
For any inexperienced readers a library or a bookstore with too many choices can be quite overwhelming. I resolve to help make these places more accessible for students by book talking and suggesting books for them to read. I further resolve to help them to develop a confidence in their reading tastes so that they will be confident when selecting their own books.
7) Save money
A teacher trying to continue to keep his/her classroom library up to date can be quite expensive, but I resolve to take advantaged of my Half Priced Book Sales, Scholastic book club points, Scholastic Books Warehouse sales, and even asking donations from my students.
8) Get organized
My bookshelves are a nightmare. I can hardly find a book I am looking for much less expect anyone to do the same. Whether it be by genre or some other means, II resolve to organize my endless shelves of books.
9) Travel more
There are so many places in the world that I am dying to visit. For every book I have yet to read there is a journey I have yet to take. I resolve to take a trip every time I open a book and go places I never thought I would.
10) Finish my “to-do” lists
My stack of books to read is falling over it is so tall. In fact, it seems like every time that I take one book off the stack I am adding two or three more. While I know that this stack is one that will never completely be finished, I do resolve to make every attempt to make a noticeable dent in the stack.