Real Teacher New Year’s Resolutions
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Real Teacher New Year’s Resolutions

In 2019, I’m going to make sure every one
of my students not only passes, but loves my class. In 2019, I’m going to find more ways to
connect with students in my classroom, and try my best to help all of them succeed. But I’m going to give myself grace when
some don’t. In 2019, I am going to win over all of my
students’ parents and get all of them to understand I only want to do what’s best
for their children. In 2019, I’m going to make more positive
phone calls home, even for my tougher students, but I’m going to remind myself that I can’t
control how every parent perceives me, and that’s okay. In 2019, I’m going to grade everything the
day it was submitted. Yeah, I bet! In 2019, I am going to be more selective of
what I grade, start using words like practice with my students so they realize why they’re
doing the work and why I don’t need to grade all of it, but also realize sometimes I will
spend Saturdays digging myself out of piles of papers. And in 2019, I am going to reward myself at
the end of those days. In 2019, I’m going to make sure every lesson
and unit I do in my classroom is huge and unforgettable. In 2019, I do want my class to be memorable,
but I also don’t want to burn out, so I’m going to pace my myself, and still have some
engaging projects and lessons, but also be okay with times that are not exciting and
maybe even boring, as long as it’s meaningful. In 2019, I’m going to scour Pinterest every
day finding new ways to make my room look like a mix between Disney World and Pee Wee’s
Playhouse, and at night I’m going to take an online calligraphy course because everyone
knows that beautiful handwriting on the bulletin board is what students remember most. In 2019, I’m going to continually remind
myself that classroom decorations are great and my students might appreciate a little
bit better handwriting from me, but they are not going to remember how my room was decorated. However, they will remember how I made them
feel, which I hope is safe, energized, and passionate about learning. In 2019, I’m only going to do what went
well last year so my students’ experience is perfect. In 2019, I’m going to embrace failure. I will fall forward. Have a growth mindset and know that it’s
good for me and my students when things don’t always go well. And it’s these moments that make me a better
teacher and person. And so I will not be afraid to try new things
in my classroom, or if I am afraid, I will do them anyway. In 2019, I’m only going to read professional
development books so that I can become a better teacher. In 2019, I think I’m going to read Harry
Potter again, because while PD books are great, and there’s definitely some I’m excited
to read this year, sometimes I have to think about things other than teaching. And the rest from the education world actually
makes me a better teacher. In 2019, I’m going to care for every kid
who walks into my classroom, and I’m always going to strive to make learning come alive, and be memorable, and be meaningful, and epic for them. Yeah, me too.

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