New (School) Year´s Resolutions
As the summer draws to a close for another year, teachers and educators are turning their minds to what lies ahead. In one swift step, we are thrown from long, summer days into the hectic jumpstart of a new term: September is definitely here.
The first month of the new academic year can be a shock to the system, bringing with it new students, new class groups, new materials, and new laws (to name but a few things!) to get our heads around. But rather than being overwhelmed, all these factors actually make September a perfectly logical time to reassess our goals and resolutions, and set new ones. What would you like to achieve over the course 2017-18?
Begin with your own personal development
Ongoing development is crucial, as constant learning keeps teachers up to date with things like new technologies, new methodologies, new curriculum resources and the latest research on how students learn. As well as being able to provide the best for our students, it also gives us the opportunity to share and collaborate with our colleagues, to learn from each other´s expertise.
Here we have put together some of the most common resolutions teachers make at this time of year. Are any on your list?
Get a better work/life balance
Teachers work long days and often take work home in the evenings, so it´s important to know when to switch off and avoid burnout.
Make meetings more productive
Ever been in a staff meeting which has lasted hours without anything being achieved? Make sure there´s an agenda, and stick to it, so the time is used productively.
Try new things, experiment with new activities or try a different classroom layout. Being creative as a teacher will also inspire students and help keep them motivated.
Keep your classroom more organised
There are some great ideas for keeping your classroom tidy and organised here: https://www.teachervision.com/classroom-management/ultimate-organized-classroom
Get everyone excited about learning
If you are excited about your job and being in the classroom every day, this is bound to rub off on your students.
Keep a positive attitude
Positivity is infectious; if you are positive, you´ll inspire it in your students and peers around you.
Believe in yourself and in your team
Effective collaboration can do wonders. Take the time to share ideas with your colleagues, and find out what they have been doing in their classes. Working together can make a huge difference!
Here are just a few suggestions; would you add anything to the list above?
FIRST CLASS IDEAS
One of the best ways to get started is to make sure that those first classes are as exciting, interesting and motivating as possible.
Here are some ideas. They all promote student cooperation and collaboration as well as providing plenty of opportunities for everyone to speak!
- HUNDREDS OF BACK TO SCHOOL IDEAS ON PINTEREST
Icebreakers, books, parent letters and more for the return to school! https://es.pinterest.com/weareteachers/back-to-schoolfirst-day-lessons-and-activities/
- TEN MORE POWERPOINT GAMES!
Ten fantastic games to practise all areas of content and language is a fun, communicative way! From Tekhnologic. https://tekhnologic.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/10-more-powerpoint-games/
- 50-50 A POWERPOINT QUIZ
An easily adapted template made with the following in mind: first day classes, revising course info, talking about the summer, reviewing class rules. From Tekhnologic. https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/75579512/posts/15158
- SURREALISM, A SANDWICH AND THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
For Art teachers – a creative idea for the first classes about Surrealism, involving a chair, a sandwich and a ball of string. From Peter Sansom. https://petersansom.wordpress.com/2017/08/30/surrealism-a-sandwich-and-the-start-of-the-school-year/
- TELL ME A STORY, GOOGLE!
A really funny way for students to create their own stories using Google searches. For teachers with wifi-equipped classrooms. From Svetlana Kandybovich. https://eltcation.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/tell-me-a-story-google/