During my seven years in education I have experienced many different opportunities for change and for growth. This year is not different. I am continually trying to develop myself as a teacher in order to give my students the best chance for success that I can offer them.
New Years for teachers can mean a couple of things. It can mean a well deserved and needed break. It could also mean time to regenerate those emotions and dedications that are needed to guide students through their educational experience. Mostly it is a chance to take all the things we have learned from our students, apply it to our own bag of tricks, and get them prepared for the state tests.
Below are 5 New Year’s Resolutions that I have made in order to help out my kids. Some may seem simple but every one has a purpose in teaching my kids.
One of the biggest problems with my students this year is their unacceptance of the concept of studying. Giving them large tests is killing them. I plan on breaking down my tests into daily quizzes in order to chunk the information as much as possible. This way they will have a better chance of passing my class.
We do PowerPoint presentations for my notes and we chunk the notes into smaller sections. One thing my kids are getting used to doing is just copying down the right answer. I am going to start giving them handouts that will guide them to the answers, which will take place of the notes. This will put a little bit more of responsibility on the students.
I plan on breaking up my lectures into smaller chinks. This will allow the students to practice the information in smaller bits. By having small assignments in between the lecture portions the students will be able to practice the concepts in smaller pieces as well.
I teach a science class and have gotten away from the foundation of a true science class, labs. I plan on getting back to one lab a week at a minimum.
The best way to get my students to take their education seriously is to include home. This may be mom, dad, grandma, uncle, or anyone else who wants to see the student succeed. Opening the lines of communication will allow for a better system of accountability.
Here’s to a great year!!