3 New Years Resolutions for Teachers

New Years resolutions are sometimes a sore subject, but they can be helpful if planned and executed carefully. As you head into another new year in your classroom, consider these three New Years resolutions for teachers--and take it easy on yourself!

Here we are in a brand new year…with the same old challenges. The same kids that drive you crazy and 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 your 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” that 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.

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