It’s a new year!
You’re coming back from winter/summer break, depending on where you are in the world. It’s January, it’s 2019. It’s a brand new calendar year. This can be a new start for you, and your kiddos.
The greatest thing about a long break is the energy and life that comes after it. So, the greatest thing we can do as teachers in January is start fresh.
Interpret that as you will:
- Write a few classroom specific resolutions.
- Have your students write a few school-centered resolutions.
- Participate in a deep-clean of the classroom. Get your students involved–make the fresh start tangible, visible.
- Revise/create new academic goals.
- Let go. Let go of any lingering doubt, regret, or negative memories. Teaching is hard, being a student is hard–we all have days, lessons, and moments that are less than beautiful, let them go.
- Redecorate your room.
- Change all assigned groups.
- Rearrange furniture.
- Buy a few new work outfits. 😉
Whatever you do, figure out how to breathe new life into your work. The year, and learning, has begun again, so start fresh. 😁
“Good teaching is 1/4 preparation and 3/4 theatre.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
“Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
– Jim Henson
“To stimulate life, leaving it then free to develop, to unfold, herein lies the first task of the teacher.”
Why do I teach? This is a multi-dimensional, evolving question that cannot be answered in a single post; so, let’s start with the first three things that come to mind.
I teach because:
- it’s my passion
- it’s fun
- it’s rewarding
Teaching is a special line of work.
I picked teaching, initially, because I thought I was going to be a professor someday–and that someday could still happen, it just doesn’t seem to be in my near future.
I picked teaching in the K-12 setting because I wanted to make sure I enjoyed teaching, and could teach, before I pursued teaching at the highest academic level (university setting).
The good news: teaching became my passion, and it’s fun, and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.