It’s time for that yearly tradition of reflection and resolutions for the upcoming school year. Read the Top 10 New Year Resolutions perfect for any teacher.
1. Be Positive
After the much needed Christmas break is over, it’s time to figure out how to make your classroom a happy place for you and your students in the next stretch until the next term.
2. Get Fit, Be Fit!
It wouldn’t be a resolution list without some mention of better health. You can encourage your pupils at the same time to take on the same resolution. Make it a classroom affair with healthy eating lessons and integrating movement into your day-to-day activities.
3. Spice Up Your Classroom Routine
Try one new technology or instructional technique each month to keep things new and challenging for you and your pupils. Making a list and assigning one new thing to each month will help you stick to this resolution.
4. Who wants a better Work/Life Balance in 2016?
As best you can, keep school work at school and enjoy your time at home. Making yourself happy will be better for you and your students. It’s hard but I can be achieved, planning is key.
5. Give Individual Time & Attention to Students
It doesn’t have to be formal one-on-ones but try to integrate a rotating classroom job in which your students help you do something, from helping hand out books or writing on the whiteboard. You can check in with him/her individually and see how everything is going. This will be a bonus for both you and your pupils. You get a helping hand and your pupils will gain confidence.
6. Don’t Let Admin & School Policies Get You Down
There is nothing you can do to change those annoying policies, unnecessary meetings or mounds of paperwork, so try to stay calm about the situation.
7.Plan Your Move up the Pay scale
Whether you need to add professional development hours or change positions, consider what your careers goals are and get a move on them.
8. Get Organised – Work Smarter, Not Harder
With the fresh start, it’s a great opportunity to get your classroom organisation back on track. Down come the Christmas decorations and up go the new fresh displays. It’s the perfect opportunity for you and your students to get creative and create a classroom that works for you.
9. Set Goals
Set goals for your classroom. What is one or two things you think are important but forget as soon as the flurry of the teaching gets in the way? Write one achievable goal a month on your calendar and make it a priority.
10. Dress to Impress Yourself
Don’t underestimate how feeling good in your clothes and wearing something you love can lift your mood and start your day on a positive note. Grab a few new pieces to add to your typical work outfits.