Last week I wrote a post about 8 teaching resolutions I was making for the 2019/20 academic year, and today I want to share my thoughts on why every teacher should at least consider creating some of their own.
If you’ve been teaching for 5, 10 years, or maybe even 30, do you feel like you know everything there is to know about teaching? Or are you still trying to learn something new?
Because of how quickly our world changes, I don’t think we can ever stop learning or improving who we are. Even if it’s tiny little changes that no one but yourself notices.
Technology is continuously changing and bringing new ideas to us all and even though you may not use technology in the classroom, there are a large number of students who will be using it at home (Google, Bitesize, Facebook, etc).
Why not set up a Twitter account or sign up for Kahoot!? I once gave a staff seminar on how to use Pinterest in the classroom but unfortunately none of the teachers seemed to share my enthusiasm – at least my students did!
Having an account on a social media website can be a fantastic way to connect with teachers from all over the world – from sharing resources to supporting each other through a difficult week. We all need people from outside our own little circle.
You could try and spend more time with your family or take up a new hobby (your students will love hearing all about it too!), so you’re not always focused on work, marking or how to make sure James doesn’t destroy the classroom tomorrow.
Something I’d like to maintain throughout the academic year are my scrapbooks. I have one for my PGCE and one for my personal life and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working on them over the summer! Although I’m also going to create a folder for Professional Development, I feel as if the scrapbook will be more visual, positive and a great keepsake for the future.
Another avenue of Teacher Resolutions is that we could use them to benefit both us and our students. You might have personal resolutions to work on: your diet, mental health or another form of well being, but why not bring that into your classroom?
I’ve noticed many teachers are planning on using mindfulness in their classroom by having colouring stations, calm boxes, 5 minute breakers, and much more! Regardless of the age, or levels, you teach this is something that can easily be done.
If it’s something you’re interested in, you could start by adding 5 minutes of art on a Monday morning, such as colouring, drawing or something similar. Or reflective Wednesdays, where you give the students 5-10 minutes in the middle of the lesson to discuss how their week is going, and how they’d like it to end.
I wanted to keep this post as short as possible, but I also wanted to share my opinions with the teacher world.
As someone who’s had a large amount of freedom in my classrooms over the last two years, I’m worried about training and working in the British school system. I’m worried that I won’t have the time or space to be creative or mindful and I’m determined to try my best and implement something small where I can.
Without, of course, breaking any rules or getting into trouble. Eeeeek!
Here’s a visual of my Teacher Resolutions for myself.
I’m currently working on ‘Who do I want to be as a teacher?’ resolutions.
If you have any thoughts on my ideas or this post in general, please feel free to leave a comment!