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A Middle School Principal, striving to make the world a better place, one day at a time.

Resources for your New Year’s Resolutions

As the calendar turns to 2013 and resolutions are made, educators are getting ready to head back to work. For those who are taking a few moments to “zoom out” and look at the big picture to set some goals for the New Year, here are some resources to help you along your journey to better professional practice.

If you are resolving this year to get more organized and take steps toward being paperless:

Download the “Guide to Evernote” by the Nerdy Teacher and sign up for a free account.

If you find yourself needing a small pick me up every week:

Follow the “Monday Moanin’ Thoughts” that Hickey Leadership Group posts every week.

If this is the year that you want to go beyond asking students “what” to getting into “why:”

Pick up a copy of Making Thinking Visible and use the strategies in your classroom. Find a trusted colleague, talk to them about how the routines are working for you and your students.

If you want to be more productive:

Go to the Principal Center and participate in Justin Baeder’s webinars. They are worth every penny.

If you need to delegate more:

Pick up a copy of Shifting the Monkey by Todd Whitaker. Keep asking yourself “where is the monkey, and where should it be?”

If you are looking for a new, better professional development experience:

Find an Edcamp, sign up (it is free) and attend. You will make new contacts, talk about new ideas, and find yourself leaving inspired.

If you believe you need to reflect more and are willing to make a contribution to our profession:

Start a blog, write about what you are doing and how it is going.

If you want to mobilize people (teachers, students, parents, administrators):

Buy a copy of Daniel Pink’s new book, To Sell is Human. Having pre-ordered and reviewed some of the early material, this will be a big book for our profession this year.

If you want to make connections with other educators:

Join Twitter, follow other educators (hint: click the names in this post for some tips on who to follow), post your own thoughts, and participate in a hashtag chat or two.

If you received a new iPad and are getting ready to use it:

Find an app for notes, an app for file sharing, an app for managing tasks and an app for creating documents. Make certain they sync with your computer.

If you’re looking for something to listen to on the way to school:

Check out the Harvard School of Education podcasts on iTunes. Quality guests and interviews.

There’s my list. Resources to help you grow as an educator in the new year. I wish you a prosperous new year! Best wishes for 2013

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