You’ve survived the craziness of the holidays and have had some time to relax. It’s a new year and with it comes new hopes, new dreams, and new possibilities.
As you reflect on your experiences so far this school year, are there things you would like to change? While all teachers can adjust their instruction, management, and teaching style at any point during the year, the beginning of a new year is always a great time to do this.
Take a few minutes to consider these tips to help you start 2018 as an even more effective and confident teacher:
- Focus on curriculum development and teaching strategies using your newfound confidence and energy.
- Try something new with your students and talk about the results with other teachers, even if it didn’t work out the way you had expected it to. Now that you have made it through some difficult times, you have valuable experience to share.
- Expand your professional network to include new and experienced teachers. Pooling ideas from multiple sources gives you many more ideas.
- Go back and examine your vision of successful teaching. Honestly evaluate your teaching efforts from the beginning of the school year to see how far you have come as an educator.
These questions can help you recognize your successes and determine your future actions:
- What worked?
- What didn't work?
- What’s next?
Make the new year a fresh start in your classroom for you and your students.