For many, the New Years is a time to reflect on the past and a time to look ahead. Millions of people each January sit down and create their personal New Year’s Resolutions, designed to better themselves. Some promise to eat healthier, hit the gym, take control of their personal finances and even pledge to stop procrastinating. As educators, we can also use the New Year’s to resolve to do better in our classrooms.
To help you get inspired I created a list of Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Educators.
Mix Things Up – Commit to trying one new instructional technique to keep things new and exciting for you and your students. You can integrate new classroom activities, interactive lecture techniques, or change your classroom seating agreements. Keeping it fresh does not involve a ton of extra work.
Get Students Involved/Engaged – Give your students more control over their assignments. Provide students options for completing an assignment or a class review. When students are in control they take personal ownership of the success. A little power can go along way!
Use Technology – Integrate technology in the classroom and/or student salon. The possibilities of using technology are endless. Try a fun App to help students engage, use the web to research or simply view videos in the classroom to support a new skill set.
Be in the Know – Stay up-to-date on your school’s policies, systems, curriculum changes, etc. This year take ownership of knowing what’s going on at your institution. Avoid the blame game and stay clear of statements like “I didn’t know” or “no one told me.” Empower yourself to know!
Learn Something New – Adopt the mindset that you’re going to learn something new this year, not because you should, but because you want too! Attend a class or web training on a topic that you feel will inspire you to be more effective in the classroom. Become a lifelong learner.
This year challenge yourself to not only design your New Year’s Resolutions around personal growth but design them to better yourself in the classroom. After all, it’s a New Year with new possibilities.