6 New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers
We are excited to welcome 2019 with some New Year’s resolutions for the classroom. As teachers and students head back to school in January, there’s an opportunity to start with a clean slate. It’s a time when you can establish better habits and learn from past mistakes. Below, we’ve shared 7 popular New Year’s resolutions for teachers this winter.
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Improve Communication and Listening Skills:
There are always ways to improve the quality of student-teacher and parent-teacher communication. For example, you might adopt a new process where you provide quarterly feedback to parents via email. You might also want to host “office hours” for students during the week so they can voice their concerns. Find out where communication is lacking in the classroom, and take concrete steps to remedy it next year.
Bring More Enthusiasm to the Job:
By December, most teachers’ energy levels are starting to wane. Fortunately, winter break is the perfect time to recharge and get ready for the second semester. Make a New Year’s resolution to worry less and come to school with a positive attitude every day. Think of every school day as a blank slate, where you can leave negative thoughts behind. Be grateful for every beautiful and rewarding moment that you experience when teaching.
Create More Variety in Lesson Plans:
It’s easy to fall back on Powerpoint games and well-worn lessons. However, when teachers go on autopilot, the students can usually feel it. This year, why not make a point to try out new teaching techniques and technologies every month? Just create a list of fresh ideas and assign them to your usual teaching calendar.
Make Time to Chat with Students on an Individual Basis:
Students need personal attention from teachers so that they feel empowered to learn and tackle new challenges. This is just as true for star pupils and class clowns because every student requires a different approach. This year, establish an open-door policy in your classroom, so that students can come chat anytime. You might also want to try a rotating task schedule, where you can catch up with individual students.
Manage Time Wisely:
Time is a priceless resource. Teachers can always find new strategies for time management so that they’re not forced to work late at home. This year, make a strong resolution to keep classroom time and personal time separate. This will give you the space to rest and be focused when it’s time to teach.
Take New Steps to Advance Your Career:
Take a moment to think about your current credentials and job experience. Are there any degrees or certifications that will aid your professional development? This year, choose a career goal that will move you up the ladder and then stick to it. Perhaps it’s time to apply for graduate school, find a different position, or start writing a book.
Ready to make a New Year’s resolution and stick to it?
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