Here we are in a brand new year...with the same old challenges. The same kids that drive you crazy, the same administrators that may also be driving you crazy. Too little time, too much to do, and so on and so on. So, here are three New Years Resolutions to help you and your students make it to June.
Resolution #1: Try something new at least once a week
It doesn't have to be a big something. It could be as small as a new attention signal or a change in the schedule. Or it could be big. Revamp you spelling program. Try a teaching strategy that you haven't yet. Learn a new technology. Novelty keeps things interesting, and who knows, the change could be really positive.
Resolution #2: Say "yes" as often as you can
Not much creative or worthwhile happens after, "no." But maybe no, doesn't have to be no. Can you find a way for your student to get his or her request granted that works for you too? Sometimes, we are so used to saying "no" we don't even stop to consider what "yes" would mean. Here are 8 Ways Not to say No.
Resolution #3: Let go
It is so, so easy to get caught up in the drama of it all. Classroom conflicts, school politics, unreasonable parents and so on. Remind yourself that in many cases, you don't have to part of the drama. When you leave the classroom, leave the classroom, as much as is possible, anyway. We all have that thing that works for us. For me, it's a hot bath. For you it may be a cup of coffee, a hug from your SO, or vegging out in front of the TV. Whatever it is, indulge without guilt. You deserve it after all.