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New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

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Educators, I hope you’re enjoying a well-deserved break from school and getting to spend time with your loved ones.


Since the new year is almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions for the classroom.


The New Year is a time for new beginnings.  I don’t know about you, but I love a fresh start.  Resolutions tend to revolve around losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle, but what about career resolutions?  For teachers, this is a good time of year to pause, reflect, and evaluate educational practices.  What teacher will you become this new year? What could you change if you had the chance? Here’s a list of New Year’s resolutions for teachers to consider.  

  1. Be more student centered
  2. Try that new strategy in the classroom
  3. Change my approach for that one student
  4. Use more technology in the classroom
  5. Join and participate in Edu Twitter
  6. Get a grading groove
  7. Count to 10 before responding
  8. Have more fun
  9. Be consistent
  10. Smile more
  11. Show students I’m happy to be here
  12. Greet students at the door
  13. Use collaborative experiences in the classroom
  14. Incorporate Kagan structures
  15. Write lesson and language objectives
  16. Review lesson and language objectives at lesson’s end
  17. Don’t yell
  18. Say something positive to that difficult student daily
  19. Make a weekly positive call home
  20. Read or write daily
  21. Be more intentional when asking students to speak in class
  22. Remember to have students clean room before class ends
  23. Read aloud when work is finished early
  24. Model behavior I’d like to see
  25. Mentor a student
  26. Incorporate more learning preferences into instruction
  27. Try PBL
  28. Eat lunch with students regularly
  29. Arrive at school 30 minutes before/after students
  30. Seek educational coaching
  31. Try that new thing your last PD suggested
  32. Plan a new unit of study
  33. Collaborate with colleagues
  34. Create a PLC
  35. Socialize with positive teachers
  36. Read and implement ideas from a pedagogical text

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