Right now your year is just a blank page for you to fill. While you’re reflecting on last year’s triumphs and challenges, here are some new year’s resolutions to consider for this year.
1. Keep up a positive attitude
It’s easy to think positively at the start of the year following a much-needed break, but challenge yourself to remain positive throughout the year. Don’t let school policies and politics get you down. Find things that inspire you and motivate you every day and encourage you to make your classroom your happy place.
2. Be inclusive
Take time to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of all the learners in your new class(es) and plan ways to get everyone involved in your lessons. Figure out ways to engage multiple learning styles in your lessons and include everyone, even the quiet ones. If you notice a child struggling in class, make it your responsibility to get that child the support he or she needs to succeed – browse our website or contact Edit for resources and tools that can help learners who are struggling with maths, reading and writing and even visual or physical barriers. Inclusivity can go beyond the classroom; find ways to engage with parents and colleagues regularly.
3. Get online
Congratulations, the fact that you’re reading this post is proof that you’ve already taken at least the first step into the digital age, but there is so much free information and so many exciting lesson ideas out there to be taken advantage of. Learn how to use the internet efficiently, and use it to lighten your workload but finding pre-prepared lessons that fit your plan. Use free online ready-made lessons: if you have a SMART Board, you should be using the SMART Exchange to search for lessons. If you have Clicker 6 you should be using the Learning Grids.
4. Think outside the (CAPS) box
Don’t let the CAPS limit your creativity – there many ways to deliver a lesson and still cover the correct content. Use the internet to help you find ideas to give your CAPS-aligned lessons that extra X-factor they need to inspire and engage your learners. Use different technology tools to activate different ways of learning and inspire your learners. Browse our website for ideas of different technology teaching tools. If you don’t have technology in your classroom yet, don’t let that limit you, find out what you need and want, and then figure out how you might be able to gather school support and funding to kickstart your class tech.
5. Take charge of your own professional development
Professional development is not just about CPD points, it should be beneficial to you, your teaching and your learners. Don’t just wait for your someone else to schedule professional development for you, find resources and development opportunities for yourself and your colleagues. Research conference and workshops you could attend, watch online training videos, and make use of free online professional development webinars – such as the ones Edit Microsystems offer throughout the year.