I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging as I did from school during the Christmas season. The push before Christmas has perhaps been the most difficult time for me thus far as a new teacher. The pressure of finishing assessments and units before the break, along with Christmas and holiday events during school hours, parties, the works… it was a lot, as I am sure you know.
After that my brain took about 2 weeks to normalize as I got ready for the New Year. As a new teacher, I feel as though the amount of reflecting and growing that happens is endless but as the New Year started, I think this gives teachers a moment to really think about how this year is going and assess what needs to happen moving forward.
TIP: In making resolution for the New Year, cut yourself some slack. I am my own biggest critic… and although reflection is good… be careful to give your self more credit then you think you need. Find small and effective ways to strengthen your practice.
Check out some of my teaching ‘resolutions’ for this year! 2017… bigger and better!
- If you’re having fun, so are your students!
Before the break, as the insanity of December set in, I felt like as I was becoming more anxious so were my students. Yes, there are always ‘fun things’ happening, but in the day to day business of routine with your students… its so important to make sure you’re still lovin’ it.
- Let it be.
I found that up to this point, I have had a level of patients and acceptance with my students (as you of course need). However, the bottle flipping and dabbing were getting to be frustrating. I decided that coming into the New Year, I was going to understand that those things were inevitable and it was time to just ‘Let it Be’.
- PBL: PROJECT BASED LEARNING.
Its going to happen… stay posted for more details. What I can tell you, its going to be epic;)
These simple things are hopefully going to help my classroom grow more into 2017. I recommend making goals and resolutions not only for life in the classroom but also life outside. The balance required to maintain a fresh vibe is essential. Some of my other goals included health, relationship, adventure and financial goals; all of which will help me be a better educator.
If you want to share your new year, new you goals with me let me know!