It’s that time of year again. A time, of course, for teachers to relax and recharge but as teachers we also reflect. And so here are some New Years Resolutions for Teachers, but really for early childhood teachers.
- Do more art projects. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in everything we HAVE to do that we lose the energy to make those items fun.
- Sing more. Learning a song is a great way to gain new knowledge. I will sing the classics with my kids like the alphabet song and nursery rhymes, find new songs on YouTube, and make up my own songs as I go.
- Smile more in class. Not saying we don’t smile. Just saying I will make a conscious effort to smile more and make more of a personal attempt with my students as individuals.
- Read more books to my class. I don’t know about you, but I feel like sometimes I don’t read enough books to my kids. We read the required books and I sprinkle others in, but I want to make a conscious focus on adding more books to my classroom.
- Play more. That’s right. I want to make an effort to give my students more ways to PLAY in class. I am not saying I want to ditch all of the learning, but that I want to add more games into the lessons I teach.
- I am going to be a better teammate. I am going to be kinder to those I work with. I am going to be more cooperative and more collaborative. Again, not saying I am not, just saying I am going to make a conscious effort to work together so things work more efficiently for our students.
- I am going to cut myself a little slack as a teacher. Yes. I am going to work on not being so hard on myself. If you are a teacher, then you understand.
- I am going to work on having a healthy work-life balance. My students are important, but my family is important too. I am going to work on remembering this and have some better boundaries between home and work.
What are your resolutions for the new year?
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