New Year’s resolutions, who really keeps them? I make them every year, in a list,mentally, verbally to others, and I never, ok, rarely keep them. But here are some resolutions I think all teachers should keep:
I resolve to:
- treat all students fairly, regardless of race, gender, age, behavior, parent’s nasty attitude, desire to be educated, or lack of interest in learning
- believe all children can learn, no matter how many ways you have taught it, and they still don’t get it.
- stop using sarcasm as a disciplinary tool, no matter how effective it may seem.
- speak in a quiet, even,tone, even when yelling seems to be the best option.
- realize that I could be the only good thing that happens in a student’s day
- grade papers in a timely manner, even if it makes you question whether anyone is actually learning anything in your room.
- meet all deadlines, and if I’m late, don’t make any sorry excuses.
- not gossip about my colleagues, the students, administration,etc… (This one is going to be really difficult)
- share with my colleagues, we are not in competition with each other. (Ok, this is another difficult one)
- use technology to engage my 21st century students
- continue to be passionate about my job, and if I’m not retire.:)