“A Year in Preview” Linky Party

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I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying your last few days of break. I know that I am! I took time off from everything over the last week – school work, blogging, writing – the whole thing. I’ve had lots of fun playing trucks and Lego’s with my boys, curling up to watch movies with my hubby, and visiting with friends and family. I’ve also made a conscious effort to appreciate the little things – like my beautiful Christmas cactus blooming just in time for Christmas Day. This cactus only blooms once a year – how does it know? Amazing!a year in preview link up photo

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is behind us already. I undecorated the house yesterday and you would never know that Christmas even happened here except, of course, for the lovely gifts that Santa left behind. You wouldn’t think that an area rug could make someone so happy! Any who, as I was contemplating what to blog about today, I found an awesome linky party that one of my blogging buddies, Michelle from Making it as a Middle School Teacher is hosting. It’s all about the upcoming year.

So, here’s my year in Preview!

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 What do you have planned for 2013? What do you hope is in store for you?


Happy NewYear!

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About krystalmills

I am a Grade 7 teacher in Prince Edward Island. Lessons From The Middle shares lessons from the classroom, and occasionally from my life as a mom of two young boys. The goal of this Canadian teacher blog is to share middle school lessons, activities and ideas from my classroom and to collaborate with the wonderful online community of teachers out there as well! Thanks for stopping by!   Find me on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Browse my TPT Store Browse my TN Store

Posted on December 30, 2012, in Education, General Teaching, Linky Party, Middle School, Reflecting About Teaching and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I want to get back to the gym this year and get healthy. I also LOVE my document reader and use it every day in my class. Good luck on your 2013 goals!

  2. I would love to hear how your use F&P in the middle grades. Our school uses it for K – 4 and I can’t picture it in the upper grades!! Good luck on your goals.
    Kickin’ It With Class

    • My school uses it with grades 1-7. I teach grade 7 and so we’re at the upper end of the levels. As a grade 7 teacher, I’m expected to do reading records twice a year, more with students who need to gain in reading levels. We also use the F & P leveling system to level books in our classroom libraries to try to help students find books that are “just right”. The continuum that I referred to goes up to grade 8 and is PACKED with resources and ideas. If your student is struggling with making connections, for example, it offers some ideas for how to help that student make connections more easily. It offers suggestions for reading what is on the lines, between the lines, and beyond the lines, most effectively. It is a wonderful resource that I hope to use more in my classroom this year than last.

  3. Good luck with the book clubs! I absolutely love using books clubs to teach reading! I’m trying to get my fifth graders into blogging also. We are starting with our own book recommendation blog, but blogging with other classes would be fun too! Great idea!

  4. I love Christmas cacti! I’m a notorious tosser when I don’t use something in my classroom. And then my next door neighbor teacher retire at the end of the school year and gave me all of her stuff! I’m still going through it!

    Fifth in the Middle

  5. Too bad we didn’t live closer… we could hit the gym together!! It’s one of my biggest goals for this year too! Good luck with everything else!


    • Addie, we can TOTALLY be virtual gym buddies! I just want someone to cheer me on and for me to do the same. I need someone to ask me every once in a while, “Hey, when was the last time you were at the gym?” I set high expectations and I’m stubborn. Knowing that someone’s going to be checking up on me would make me get to the gym more often, so that I can say, “Actually, I was just at the gym yesterday and had a great work out!” Let me know if you want to be cheerleaders for each other!

  6. I had just set up a new pinterest board about my goals for 2013 when I ran across your blog! I have been a teacher for 36 years but this is just my 2nd year in 6th grade. I love it!!! I am doing book clubs with historical fiction books. The groups love it. This week we will be developing vocabulary with definitions, working with Quizlet to create flashcards and then they will have a set of spelling words connected with their reading for next week. The students blog in the library and use google docs in technology.
    Thanks for all of your interesting ideas. I love TPT, too.

  7. Well, this will be my first time ever with a book club – kind of excited because all of the books are brand new! I read 2 of the novels over the break and I just started the third. The first two were great – so I’m hopeful that they’ll enjoy them!

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  8. I love the idea about having your class blog with another class…I might have to borrow/steal your idea. Blogging has been so amazing to me, and I bet they would enjoy it too!

    Happy New Year and good luck with your goals!

    Craft of Teaching

  9. Hey Krystal!

    Thanks so much for linking up and joining in the fun!

    NYC is on my Bucket List, too! I hope to make it there while I can still enjoy it. You have some great goals set for 2013. Best of luck with each of them!

    Making It As A Middle School Teacher

  10. Oh goodness, where is hubs going to school? I’ve yet to visit NYC and hope to do that some day soon…sooner rather than later but would jump on a trip to Europe! I’m with you on the posting to collaborative blogs! So with you on that one!!!! I’ve got to focus! 😉 Happy new year to you!!!

  11. Not terribly far – Moncton, New Brunswick – but it’s still out of province and hours away from home. He’s on Block 3 of 4 for his Red Seal in Diesel Mechanics – working on tractor trailers and such. He’s leaving at the end of February for six weeks, but hoping to travel home on weekends. I think with the way winter weather can be, we’ll be lucky if he gets back to the Island even a couple of times in that 6 weeks. We’re goning to miss him! I have the utmost of respect for single parents. Parenting is hard when there’s 2 – it’s going to be interesting moving the snow in the morning AND getting the kids ready for school/daycare. It’s for a greater good though! It’s only 6 weeks…I’ll survive!

  12. I’m working on doing more differentiation in my 6th grade classroom as well. It is very powerful, but I find the preparation so time intensive! Good luck with all of your goals. Your blog is great and is now on my regular blog reading list. Happy Teaching!