Teacher’s resolutions for their classroom must classroom must be founded in outgoing concern for their students. The academic outcomes of students depend upon the commitment of teachers to this principle.
Resolution Number One: Respect Students
I resolve to treat my students with more respect. Treating students with respect is a mindset that guides my actions and deeds. If I first ask myself if I would like to be treated the way I just treated my students, then I have a good guideline to follow in my speech and actions. I plan to slow down my reactions to give myself time to think about what I am doing and why I am doing it.
Resolution Number Two: Have Fun with Students
I resolve to have fun with my students. The learning environment is greatly enhanced when students find pleasure and fun in the learning process. When students are not engaged they are not motivated to learn and apply what they are learning. Adding fun to lesson plans, and inviting hesitant participants into the learning process through carefully constructed activities turns the whole attitude of a classroom around.
Resolution Number Three: Allow Students Opportunities to Lead
I resolve to help my students develop self advocacy skills by allowing them the opportunity to lead in classroom situations. When a student is always on the receiving end of instruction, and not given or required to develop leadership skills, their ability to advocate for themselves is greatly diminished and hindered. Part of developing success in students is to develop self confidence in their own abilities through experience.
Resolution Number Four: Build a Sense of Belonging in Students
I resolve to help my students develop a sense of belonging to their own class and the school as a larger unit. When students feel like they are accepted and belong in a school, they blossom. Gifts that lay dormant in them blossom and bloom when they are given an environment in which they feel welcome, even when they display their ‘uglies’.
Resolution Number Five: Develop Life Strategies
I resolve to direct my lesson plans and school activities so that my students will develop life skill strategies from the learning they receive. Learning how to read needs to be buttressed with practical application of the skill. Students need instruction in how reading can serve to make them better citizens.