New Year’s Resolutions

Tomorrow is the first day of school.  As Paul keeps saying, the first day of school is the start of the teacher new year.  And, he adds, what better time to make new year’s resolutions?

This idea of making new year’s resolutions now, rather than on January 1st, really resonated with me.  I’ve never gotten into making resolutions for the real new year – probably because it doesn’t feel like a new year from where I’m sitting.  When do new things begin?  When do I get to restart and do another take?  Not in January, in the middle of everything.  Rather, in September, at the start of a new school year.

Paul has been talking about his resolutions around the department, and I promised I’d share mine.  I’ve made some resolutions for me that don’t really have to do with school, but here are the ones that do.

This year, I resolve to:

1. Give more feedback on student work.

2. Keep better notes on students.

3. Be more available for meeting with students outside of class.

4. Scan my worksheets and plans so that I’ll have them later and my department members can share them.

5. Design activities, investigations, and assignments that better keep ahold of the bigger picture and incorporate the values I hold.

6. Calm down and listen.

7. Be more present in the teacher community.

Do you have any resolutions for the new year?  I’d love to hear them if you do.

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3 Replies to “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. My resolutions, as you know, are mostly about fitness:
    Take the stairs; one plate of food at lunch; etc.

    Here’s some work oness:
    Mark more student work; take more notes on students (we share this one); Speak with students one-on-one more often; Prepare more problem sets and homework options; others duh.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. I love the “calm down and listen” resolution. I tend to get so caught up in getting everyone where they need to be that I forget to ask them where they are. Good luck this year!

    1. Hi, Tracie! I do the same thing. I’m sometimes in such a hurry to answer questions and take care of needs that I don’t give my students a chance to fully ask and express what they want. I almost did that today but managed to stop myself when I realized that I didn’t completely understand what was being asked. The interaction was so much more calm and relaxed, and gave the student the information he needed, because I took a breath and asked a clarifying question instead of plunging into answers. Here’s to acting on resolutions!

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