Happy New Year. New school year, that is. The beginning of a new school year feels like New Year’s Day to me. It is a time to reflect on the past year and to make resolutions for improvement in the new year. Just like the calendar new year.
Over the years, I have learned a few things about making resolutions. They should be specific and attainable. The list should not be too long or it will be overwhelming. Difficult tasks should be chunked into manageable steps. So I have only made a few.
1. Try using Interactive Notebooks. I am actually pretty excited about doing this. I hope the excitement continues and it doesn’t fizzle out.
2. Improve the timeliness of paperwork. This one isn’t as exciting, but still necessary.
3. Call parents – Every year I have made this vow, and every year I have failed miserably. I hate phones. Can’t I just email parents? No, it must be the call. So to make it achievable (baby steps), I will make one parent call each week for four weeks, then step it up to two calls per week, and so on. Thinking about it makes my stomach clench and my palms sweaty, even though school hasn’t even started yet.
Deep breath. That’s not so bad. I can do that.
4. Find balance between work and home. All work and no play is not a good thing and makes me a dull teacher.