Woohoo!! Happy New Year! Hear the party poppers and experience the joy!
I’m imagining that the night before coming back to school wasn’t as raucous as 31st December can be but I also imagine there were a few unsettled bellies.
I always feel nervous before the new term starts – thinking I’ve forgotten how to teach and plan and remember names and all the other things we have to do in a day to day basis. But, I also know it’s never as scary as I imagine. To start of this year, here are my 5 New Year’s resolutions!
1. I will stay organised.
I can be quite messy at work and this can distract from my thinking and students learning. With this in mind, every day will start and end with a clear desk and a tidy classroom. I’ve been trying to use a digital markbook and so I’ll be curious to see if that is as seamless as my old paper one.
2. I will make the most of every work day.
I can spend a lot of time faffing, even (or maybe especially) if I have lots of work to do. With this in mind, I will continue my practice from last year and assign every free lesson a job but this time stick to it. I’ll try to start jobs when I get them and make the effort to discern the important from the urgent. I’ll try to keep my email inbox low and respond sooner rather than later.
3. I will post here once a week.
I’ve had this blog thing for a while but I’ve had no discipline with keeping it up-to-date – posting at least one idea or thought or reflection every week should be easy and I’m going to try my best to stick to it.
4. I will try to follow a marking is planning routine.
David Didau has been talking about this for a while and I’m leading a research group at school based around it. I’m determined to shorten the feedback cycle and make meaningful marking an integral part of all I do. I imagine I’ll be posting about this soon!
5. I will keep on top of my phone calls.
Since I first started teaching I’ve always made positive phone calls home and I know they make a difference. But, they often slip away as time becomes more pressured – so I’ll aim to phone home to one student from each class, each week. From experience, Friday afternoons are a great time for this – awesome way to start the weekend.
Those are my work resolutions – I hope they don’t fail to materialise like so many others or end in disappointment a week or a month from now. I think each of them are important and am keen to give them the time they need.
How about you? Any resolutions as you start the new year?