Saturday, December 29, 2012

Professional Growth Resolutions Linky and a FLASH Giveaway!!!

I'm teaming up with some of my bloggy BFF's to share my professional growth resolutions!  Of course, this is a topic near and dear to my heart at this point in my life and my career.  I'm hoping this post will be therapeutic, because it is all I have been obsessing thinking about lately.  Here it goes! :)


As you all know, I just graduated a few weeks ago.  I now have a Masters in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction!  :)  I suppose you could say that Step 1 of my GRAND PLAN is complete, but because relaxation is against my nature, I'm already plotting the next step.  :)  If you know me in real life, you will not be surprised by that statement whatsoever.  Not one bit! Ha!


This is my confession:  I love teaching third grade, and my little kiddos make me smile on the regular.  I just don't know if the classroom is my final destination.  I have a few different ideas in mind.  I would LOVE to be a literacy professor at the graduate level.  That's my ultimate goal, but I also think I would really enjoy working in curriculum or as a literacy coach.  Now that I've graduated, I am excited to explore my options, although I don't see myself leaving the classroom anytime soon.  That being said, I do plan on carving out some time during my holiday break to update my resume.  I don't want to jinx myself, but let's just say that a door has potentially opened, and I may be able to get my feet wet as an adjunct to see if being a professor is really my cup of tea.  Nothing is guaranteed, of course, but this would be a wonderful opportunity for me.  If I am fortunate enough to land the job, it would help me decide whether to start looking at doctoral programs or to pursue other career paths.  I won't lie though.  Since I will be turning 29 this year, I am starting to think a lot more about how my career aspirations fit with my ticking biological clock.  We're still basically on a two year timeline, but I'm definitely starting to feel stressed out about balancing it all.  Timing is going to be a HUGE factor for this goal to reach fruition!  For now, I'm just going to take it one day at a time, beginning with the updated resume and letters of recommendation.  Of course, I'll eventually need to fill out another job application too!  :)  Fingers crossed!


While we're on the topic of paperwork, this year I also get to renew my five-year license again!  That's on the list too!  :)  Nothing else will matter if I'm not legal... and I'd rather not wait until July when my current license expires to check it off of the list!


I'm really hoping that 2013 affords more opportunities to work with teachers through workshops.  :)  I have been working with my county's educational service center for the past two years, and it's been a fabulous experience!  I have really started to enjoy presenting and sharing my passion for literacy with other teachers in the area.  I will be speaking about writing and modeling lessons for lead teachers at the end of January, and I'm definitely looking forward to it!  :)  Hopefully this is just the beginning of great things! 


Of course, because I am such a literacy nerd, I also want to find more time to read professional literature this year.  I have so many books on my MUST READ list... just waiting to be devoured on my bookshelf.  I buy them... and then they sit there collecting dust.  :)  It wasn't always that way, but once I got married and was consumed by grad school, a new job, and blogging, professional reading quickly slipped down my list of priorities.  In 2013, I am going to try to make it a bigger priority again!  :)  Okay, and this is where I'm going to look like a huge nerd again, because most of the books on my list are not regular professional development books.  They are textbooks!  Yes, I want to read textbooks for fun!  The kicker?  They were not textbooks that I bought for my coursework.  They were textbooks I picked up for FREE when my professor decided to clear off her bookshelves over the past few years.  Now that I am finally done with school, I just might actually have time to delve into the content!  My main focus: assessment!  It's an area that I want to learn a lot more about and improve in!  :)  This is a sampling of my MUST READ LIST!



This year, I also plan on officially becoming a member of a few professional organizations.  I have been kicking the idea around for a while, but now that I don't have to spend money on classes (at least for the time being), I would like to take that next step!  I plan on joining the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.  No matter what I do with my career, more knowledge and more memberships can't hurt one bit! Maybe I'll join today and get an early start!  ;)

Of course, BIG goals are scary.  They take lots of time and planning and perspiration!  I'm definitely ready for whatever comes my way.  I realize that big risks yield big rewards, and I'll never know what's possible if I don't take the leap!  :)  I'm hoping that I will grow and deepen my understanding of teaching and literacy even more over the next year!  More than anything though, despite my lofty goals, I hope I can find BALANCE in the midst of all of it.  Teaching is all-consuming, and working towards larger goals can take even more out of you!  Even though I have my eyes focused on the prize... I don't want to forget about having a life outside of work.  I want to be able to go out with my friends and spend time with my husband.  I want to be able to go to to the park with my dog without feeling the stress of impending deadlines.  I want to live a FULL and EXCITING life!!! :)  Perhaps this is my greatest resolution this year!



For now, my ultimate game plan has seven steps.  Who knows how this will evolve over the course of 2013!  I just plan on taking everything one day at a time... one year at a time.  :)  You can BET that I will be plugging along... working towards larger goals in the meantime!

As a BIG thank you for celebrating another year with all of us, we are giving away the following resources to help start out your new year with a BANG!  This FLASH Giveaway will be over before you know it!  You have 24 hours to enter to win 17 fabulous lessons... :)

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Anna: Crazy for First Grade
Cheryl: Primary Graffiti 
Deanna: Mrs. Jump's Class
Deedee: Mrs. Wills Kindergarten 
Natalie and Rachelle: What the Teacher Wants
Sarah: First Grader At Last
Kim: Kinder Gals
Kathleen: Growing Kinders
Cara: The First Grade Parade
Abby: The Inspired Apple 

   So, what are your professional development goals for 2013?!  Don't forget to link up and share your goals with all of us!  You just might inspire someone else to check a similar goal off of their list! ;)


106 comments:

  1. We live parallel lives! :) Congratulations on your latest graduation and good luck to you in 20-13!!! Can't wait to watch you reach your goal!!

    Kelly
    Beg, Borrow, Steal

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! :) I hope you reach all of your goals too! We will have to chat more about our parallel lives. It's always good to have someone to talk to as you work towards similar goals! :)

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  2. Congrats on graduating! What prof. reading materials do you recommend ? I am finishing the "Book Whisperer". ashnor03@hotmail.com

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  3. Congrats on your graduation! One of my professional goals this year is to strengthen my reading and writing workshop! I have been organizing my picture books to use as mentor texts for various reading skills and strategies. Our school is also involved in a Reading Workshop professional development study. I love reading all of your posts about your love for literacy! :)

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  4. Wow it looks like you really have a good plan in place! Congratulations on your graduation and best of luck in all your future en devours!

    Jenna

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  5. Congratulations on graduating!! Your blog is amazing and I am so glad I came across it. This post was so inspiring and really makes me start to think about my own professional goals. I am looking forward to following you in your journey:)
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  6. Congrats on graduating! You have quite the list but I am sure you will make it all happen in 2013!
    ThePolishedTeacher

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  7. Congratulation on your graduation and good luck on your future goals! One of my goals is to read the Book Whisperer (as well as several other books that have been recommended to me).
    Teacher Gone Digital

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  8. Congrats on achieving your goal of a Masters degree. Balance is a great goal. I often wonder if women in careers that have more 9-5 type schedules, have the same concern or if it is just us crazy devoted teachers!

    EmilyK

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  9. My goal is to grow more comfortable with the Common Core standards. We are implementing them and I hate having to look everything up.
    Jennifer

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  10. Congratulations on reaching your first of many goals! Setting professional goals is so important in order to grow as an educator. This post has me thinking about my own goals as well. Good luck on your journey!
    -Jaime
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

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  11. I am working on my Master's right now and so my goal is to keep my head afloat while balancing it all!!
    aconnolly1216@gmail.com

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  12. My professional goal is to research and learn more about math workshops/rotations in the classroom. So I can hopefully beginning implementing next school year!

    Lindsey

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  13. Congrats on your graduation! I'm impressed with your resolutions. I to have an opportunity in the works that would be a huge change in my teaching experience but think that it may be time for a change...we shall see! One of my school resolutions is to improve my reading small groups. We do daily 5 and we have the process down well but I would like to find more information and training on exactly what I should be doing in my small groups.

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  14. Congratulation on your graduation and good luck on your future goals! I am looking to change schools, so I will be updating a resume...something I haven't done in 12 years.

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  15. One of my goals this year is to read more too! I get so wrapped up in grading papers and lesson planning that I never leave time to read anything that I actually want to read!

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  16. Wonderful to hear of your graduation! My professional goals are to complete my administration program and to develop special education workshops for my district with common core.

    Iteachkidsabc@gmail.com

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  17. What a great giveaway! My professional goals are to attain my National Boards!
    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

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  18. BIG Dreams are totally worth it, so go for it, & don't stop until you feel you're there!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized
    amyhowbert1@gmail.com

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  19. I have to renew my National Boards so that is my resolution to get that done!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  20. Great goals! Congrats on your accomplishments this year. I've been doing some reflecting as well so I may have to join this one.
    Great giveaway!
    athenaphoenix@yahoo.com
    ✪Crystal✪
    Strive to Sparkle

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  21. Congratulations on all your accomplishments! My goals are to become more at ease and familiar with the Common Core standards...as well as obtain tenure in my district (this hear hopefully!!)

    Kiah
    kiah.m.berg@gmail.com

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  22. Congrats on your graduation! I've spent the last year organizing my new classroom and new grade level, so now my goal is reorganizing my house!

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  23. I am with you on bigger goals! I do not plan on dying a teacher in the classroom! ekk! I used to want to charge up student teachers, but I don't know anymore!
    Rachel

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  24. Oh gee... I guess my one professional development goal is to actually GET my license! Waiting to hear what testing I have to get done and blah blah blah - transferring to Alabama from Ohio has been tough!

    Sara
    Miss V's Busy Bees
    ventrellasara@gmail.com

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  25. I am so happy that you have your Masters!! That is a huge accomplishment! Maybe I can do that soon? :)
    Curls and a Smile

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  26. Congrats on earning your masters, what an accomplishment :) that is on my long list of goals as well! I'm so excited that I found your blog, it is adorable! I'm thrilled tot be your newest follower :) I hope you'll check out my teeny little blog! Thanks again for sharing!

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  27. Congratulations on your masters!!! One of my professional goals is to find a great professional membership for technology. That is really one area that I want to grow in!!!!

    Angela
    The Daily Alphabet

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  28. Congrats on graduating! I remember the feeling of satisfaction in knowing that I was done with classes...until I started my +30 the next month! Thank you for sharing all of your goals. You are an inspiration to so many of us. Good luck in your endeavors!


    Julie
    The Learning Lodge
    mylearninglodge@gmail.com

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  29. I would love to take my broader goals ( for example, improve my small group reading instruction) and break those down into manageable pieces. Such a simple goal yet something that gets put to the side often!!

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  30. Congrats on your graduation! You will love teaching at the grad level. When I lived in CO, I had the opportunity to teach as an adjunct for a year and loved it!! Good luck on your future endeavors.

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  31. Love the idea of making professional growth resolutions~ Some of ours are very similar! Thank you for your awesome posts!

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  32. Congratulations on your graduation - you have some fantastic goals for yourself!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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  33. You have done great things in your life so far. Your commitment to accomplishing your goals will serve you well. God bless you in your endeavors this year. Pray for direction and peace in all you do.

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  34. Congrats on finishing up school...for now. ;)

    Kathy S.

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  35. Congratulations on your graduation, Amanda. Sounds like you have some interesting possibilities awaiting you. I know you will be successful at whatever comes your way. You have a gift! My professional goal is to finish getting my reading endorsement and I just completed my Masters +30! Yipee! Have a happy New Year. I'm hoping our paths will cross at another workshop.
    Nancy

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  36. I would love to be one step ahead of my mountain of paperwork!!
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  37. Congrats on graduating!!I would love to teach at the collage level, but I would miss my kinders!

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  38. Congratulations! Teaching at the college level is so rewarding! I did it before I hit the classroom and then for a few years while I was teaching. It was a wonderful experience!

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  39. Congrats on your graduation! I am working toward earning my specialist degree in curriculum, so hopefully in 2014 or 2015 I will be done.
    Rie
    Hip, Hop Hurray! Tales in an Artroom

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  40. I definitely want to become more comfortable teaching the Common Core standards. Our district will be adopting both math and language arts by 2014. This year, I am implementing math and plan to do A LOT of work on learning the LA standards this summer. Wish me luck!
    Andrea
    simmonsa1@sfusd.edu

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  41. Congrats on finishing your degree! It sounds like you have some wonderful goals ahead. Definitely join NCTE and IRA. I LOVE attending their conferences. I joined your linky. Thanks for hosting it!
    Gina
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

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  42. I am inspired by your ambition and also tired at the same time. For me I want to make sure that professionally I meet the needs of each of my students and find balance in my life.

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  43. You have great goals! One of mine is to renew my membership to NAEYC.

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  44. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. One goal I have this year is to attend a Whole Brain Teaching conference :)

    Mrs. G
    Teach on a Limb

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  45. Congrats on reaching one of your goals. Balance will definitely be a challenge when you want a family and have professional goals. For me family wins at this point. I will have lots of time later to focus on professional goals. Fortunately, I have enough leadership roles to keep me energized and focused at school.

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  46. My professional short term goal is to read another professional development book and to attend a conference.

    My long term goal is to look into a masters program and perhaps the National Boards.

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  47. My professional goal is to read the stack of professional books all over the house! I would also like to find a place to get my doctorate in early childhood and maybe one day teach at the college level. :)

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  48. Awesome goals! I too LOVE literacy and am currently getting my masters! I am excited for what becomes of the next year. Good luck with your goals!

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  49. I need to work on my madter's and renew my 5 year degree...I, too, have thought about being a literacy coach or maybe an adjunct professor. Who knows?!

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  50. My professional goal is to conduct more workshops to help new teachers! Congratulations!

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  51. My school is low in funds, but I did just attend a Love & Logic workshop and loved it! I just bought the book so I can learn more and try to help me and my class!
    Cheryl
    Crayons & Curls

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  52. You have been a busy lady! Congrats! I like your goal of balance... I should maybe have included that one too!

    Christy
    Crayons and Whimsy

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  53. I'm going to try and leave school before 7 each night...there is always something to do and it'll be there tomorrow. My dog misses me! :O)

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  54. I am retired but teach kindergarten at a church school. I am looking and researching higher level skills for my more challenging students. Congratulations!
    Brenda
    dgbgcgcg@gmail.com

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  55. Hi there!
    Congratulations on graduating!
    I teach Kindergarten, and my goal is to implement more successful lessons within my small group instruction in Reading groups during D5. Also, tackling the CCSS successfully, too....
    Thanks!
    Robyn

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  56. Goal #1 is is find a teaching job and #2 is to maintain balance in my first year teaching!! :)

    Kate
    katewintuska@insightbb.com

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  57. Congrats on graduating! Best of luck in the new year(:

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  58. Congratulations on your graduation! I'm truly impressed with your resolutions. During my Summer vacation (now) I've been doing a lot of reading, preparing for my move down to first grade. I'm only going down one grade level, but it's a very scary prospect for me! Mostly I'm wanting to increase my knowledge of how to effectively teach beginning reading.

    Kylie

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  59. My professional goal is to further develop our sadly lacking social studies curriculum. Wish me luck!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  60. Such awesome goals! My professional goal is to be a NBCT sometime in the near future! :)

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  61. I want to learn more from the "2 Sisters" and start using their strategies in my classroom regularly.

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  62. Literacy is one of my loves too, I am working on integrating more of into my other love technology...

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  63. My state adopted the common core standards this year. My goal is to learn more about these standards and our new math program.

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  64. My professional Development Goal is to manage my time better, between work, graduate school, and my upcoming wedding! AYE!!

    Congrats to you on all of your accomplishments! Very impressive!

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  65. Congratulations. I would love to attend more conferences in the future.
    Yvonnee

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  66. One of my professional resolutions is to make the most of my intervention time with my kiddos :)
    briawnacallahan@gmail.com

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  67. Way to go YOU on getting your masters! I am so intimidated by the thought of it! Goal for this year...read more books!! I haven't read anything in the last year or so and I really need to get on that! :)

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  68. I want to be more organized in everything!:)

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  69. My goal is to go back to books that I have read and really pick out the specific things I want to try in my classroom. And of course read more books!!!

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  70. Wishing you success with all of your goals!

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  71. Congratulations on your accomplishments!! This year, I want to focus on "Debbie Diller goals"...purge stuff I don't need, get organized, and better manage my small groups.

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  72. Good luck towards your goals. I really want to work on incorporating technology into my classroom. I'll have to learn more about Donors Choose. I found you through the linky party and just started following you.

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  74. Congratulations and the best of luck to you. Thank you for all the fun. Happy New Year! I am going to work on implementing many of the wonderful ideas I have recently discovered from Pinterest and blogs.

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  75. Congrats on your graduation! My goal is to learn more about Learning Focused this year.

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  76. Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment! My goal is to become more familiar with the ELA common core standards for grades K-3, we are a little behind everyone else here in California!
    Julene Hoffman
    jhoffman143@yahoo.com

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  77. My professional development goals are to master the SIOP model S(Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) to make 2nd graders grow their Academic vocabulary, to read and implement Guided Reading, and Guided Writing, and to fisish reading Teach Like aPirate. Congrats on your graduation!

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  78. My professional goal is to collaborate more with teachers in my school.

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  79. My professional development goals are to complete my Early Childhood Masters and to continue to get more autism training. Balance is a great goal and sometimes the most difficult to achieve! Congrats on graduating and good luck with balancing everything!
    Kate
    http://funinecse.blogspot.com/

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  80. Congrats on all you've accomplished! One step at a time is definitely the right path to follow. ;)
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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  81. My goals are so small compared to yours! I am amazed by how you young women do it all. Great job and good luck in 2013.

    Amy
    Mello’s Memos

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  82. great goals....I still read "textbooks" just for fun too....I tell my kids that I still need to learn too

    Carrie sidquince@aol.com

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  83. CONGRATS on your masters!! I so agree about finding balance!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

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  84. Way to go girl! Keep that love to learn going!
    Valerie
    GeorgiaGrownKinders@gmail.com

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  85. Congrats on graduating! Once I finished grad school, I had no ide what to do with my spare time!

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  86. Congratulations on your graduation! :) On the top of my list is getting a full time teaching job!

    Bren P.
    The Teacher Diaries

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  87. Great resolutions; congrats on graduation!

    Kelly
    Thirsty Firsties

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  88. Congratulations! What a great giveaway! My professional goal is to become more familiar with common core standards.

    lyons.cori@gmail.com

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  90. Congrats on graduating! Good luck with your goals :)

    Leanne
    mrsprinceanco@gmail.com

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  91. Congratulations! I am an accountant by training, but I am very much interested in early childhood education (after having 3 young kids!) so I am thinking to pursue an early childhood education degree next year!

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  92. Congratulations! I finished my Masters in Reading 4 years ago, it is a wonderful accomplishment. I also love reading professional books so that I can keep upto date. Good luck on the rest of your goals!

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  94. Congratulations on your Masters! One of my professional goals is to use technology more with my students. It's a bit challenging because all I have is one laptop (no document camera, smartboard, or Ipad). I did just get an Ipad Mini for Christmas so I might use it with my students, but I really want to write a grant to get one or two for my classroom.

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  95. Girl, I know how good it feels to finish that degree! I'm also planning on joining NCTE and the IRA. I'd love to attend more professional development courses on my own in 2013!

    Abby
    Third Grade Bookworm

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  96. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! I would LOVE to start presenting at workshops. I agree that balance is key :) I just linked up with you!

    Kate
    EduKate and Inspire

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  97. I have a HUGE stack of professional development books that I have bought and never read. I am determined to get through them all this year!
    Stacy Smith
    stacy.caudill@gmail.com

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  98. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! :o) This year, I am focusing on making the most of our weekly team PLCs.

    Ashlynn
    aewipf@gmail.com

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  99. I'm tackling CCSS this year and implementing TCRWP Reading Workshop Model...

    Reading Pathways to the Common Core by Calkins/Ehrenworth/Lehman right now. Lots of marinating on the big ideas.

    Smiles - Lisa
    growingfirsties@gmail.com
    Growing Firsties is co-hosting a Shout Out Linky beginning January 1st!

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  100. To be less stressed and to have more balance

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  101. Congrats on your Master's! One of my first goals in 2013 is to walk across the stage with my Doctorate in Education. I also updated my resume over break! Good luck!!

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  102. Hi Amanda ,
    I am a Year 4 teacher in Australia and have been a follower of your blog for a while but have never left a comment as I am new to the blogging world.
    Congratulations on completing your masters degree.

    I love your literacy ideas and have implemented some of your ideas into my classroom already.
    I also purchased your lemonade stand unit and implemented that as an enterprise project for the whole class. It was very successful and the profits from that funded our end of year class party. Thank-you for such a thorough product.

    I enjoy reading your blog and look forward to more.

    Enjoy your Christmas break ( we have a 6 week holiday before school starts back )

    Cheers,

    Rebecca
    Young_ba@hotmail.com

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  103. Well done, Amanda! You have some amazing goals and I know you will accomplish them in a way only you can. I wish I could attend one of your workshops. If you ever make it to sunny San Diego, CA, count me in! Happy New Year and enjoy the rest of your time off.

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  104. Congrats on your graduation! It sounds like we are having similar thoughts and it is so great to hear someone else wonder what is beyond the classroom! I finished my degree in literacy years ago (we have to have a grad degree in NY to obtain certification) and am now working on a doctorate in teaching and curriculum. I have been putting in for adjunct positions, but in my area it is really hard to break in unless you know someone with connections or have that doctorate. I keep hoping something will come my way in the coming years. Best of luck with your future choice!

    Christine

    leapingintothird.blogspot.com

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