In most schools second quarter is coming to an end right around New Year’s Day. As a teacher it is important to stand back and look at what you have accomplished the first part of the school year and what you need to do to help your students in the second half. Setting New Year’s resolutions for your classroom and for your personal development is essential in having a successful second half of the year. By making just five resolutions and keeping them, you should be able to achieve your goals for both you and your students.
One resolution that I plan for my students is to look at student growth and see if that growth progressing toward the goals that I set at the beginning of the year. If the growth is not sufficient, I will have to make a commitment to add remedial material to my lesson plan to make the growth more substantial.
A second resolution is to look at each child that has an Individual Educational Plan and make sure I am meeting all the modifications and accommodations that will make that child successful. If the child is struggling I am going to meet with the special education teacher or IEP team to find methods to help the student.
A third resolution for my students is to look at and change classroom management procedures that are not working. I will try to find the techniques and methods that create a safe environment and at the same time allow my students to be educated without disruptions from other classmates or behaviors that will impede their learning.
I will promise myself that I will look at my current classroom and find posters and prompts to put on my wall that is relevant to the content that is being taught during the next semester. The prompts that promote good behavior and education can stay, but out of date or non-content related material needs to go.
I will promise to take training that allows me to enhance my content area, promote best practices, and to enrich the learning of my students. This training should align itself with state standards and at the same time help me keep creativity in my curriculum.
Teaching resolutions should not be like other New Year’s resolutions. These need to be kept for the benefit of the students and the professional development of myself as their instructor.