1. Organize yourself.
This can mean something different to everyone. I need to organize my thoughts. Sit down and write all the things I want my students to accomplish before the year ends.
For you, it may mean organizing your desk or getting a USB to organize all your files.
Here are a couple resources that may help:
2. Pick up a book and read it.
No no, I don't mean finishing the Outlander book series. I mean pick up a self-help book or a book that will make you a better teacher.
Here are some suggestions:
I've read a couple of these already and they are phenomenal! This year I will be reading:
Why Don't Students Like School by Daniel T. Willingham
Why? Well I really like psychology (that was my other major in college) and I feel like if I can figure out why students don't like school, maybe I can change the way I engage students in my classroom. Who knows, I could be doing this all wrong.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Why? I admit it. I have a hard time getting along with some of the people I work with. No shame in my game. It is something that I would like to work on and I think this book can help.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Why? I like to worry and stress about meaningless things. Sometimes I even let it affect my professional life, which is definitely a no no. So I hope that reading this book will give me some techniques to ease my anxiety so I can be the best teacher I can be.
What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most by Todd Whitaker
Why? Who doesn't want to be great at what they do? Okay a lot of people don't but I sure do.
3. Get rid of the 3 c's: criticizing, complaining, chatter. use the 3 h's instead: humility, honesty, happiness.
Do you really want to be around someone that's always criticizing and complaining? Excuse my honesty..but HELL NO! This year, don't be that person. Instead replace them with kind words or remove yourself from the situation all together.
Chatter is a tricky one. During lunch at my school, a bunch of teachers get together to eat. Usually their conversations are about their own lives but from time to time, their conversations take a turn and they begin to talk negatively about certain students. I decided to start having lunch on my own and I still maintain my relationships with those teachers by other means because I don't believe it's right to gossip.
You might not realize that you're doing the 3 C's, but I can almost guarantee your students do. Remember you are a role model and we don't want to pass on those behaviors to the students. Trust me, I have to constantly remind myself too.
4. Meet your personal Needs.
Confession time: Two months ago, I got a severe urinary tract infection because I held in my pee all day instead of just going to the bathroom.
I realize how dumb that sounds but I'm sure I'm not the only one who's neglected herself just because I put my student's needs before my own. This year, that's not happening.
Here are my goals for meeting my personal needs:
1. Lunch time is MY time. No more tutoring or doing favors during lunch.
2. I am getting a back rest so that my posture can improve.
3. I am supposed to get out of work at 4:00pm. I want to leave everyday BEFORE 5:00pm (instead of at 6pm).
4. I need to be better about drinking more water AND peeing before it's too late.
5. Exercise needs to be done BEFORE I get to the school, otherwise it won't happen.
5. Challenge yourself!
Do something different in your classroom, disrupt the peace, bring in a guest speaker, use technology more (cough cough)!
The internet is filled with 30-day challenges for literally anything; a tight butt, a better knitter, origami, you name it!
Find your "new thing" and do it!
If your new thing involves technology, check out the blog posts below to get you started: