Happy NEW Year! What’s your professional resolution?

Posted by Megan Smith on January 2, 2015 in New Year's, Teacher Talk

I love New Years! I love setting goals and making lists. Even better, I love crossing something off once it has been completed. Each January I try to make 1 financial goal, 1 health goal, 1 professional goal, and a goal to learn something new. Do I always accomplish them? Ha. No way, but goals push me to grow and help me zone in on what’s important to me.

One thing that we as teachers are lucky to have – 2 FRESH STARTS! A new school year gives us a chance to start over and Christmas break lets us step back and evaluate what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.

I know we all have a bunch of things we HAVE to do… that’s not what I mean. What do YOU want to change, try, or be better with this second half of the school year? Maybe one of these…

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So pick something! Write it down and post it on your mirror, dashboard, or desk so you will see it every day! Even better – share your goals with a friend or with us here! Telling someone keeps you accountable and we accomplish more with the encouragement of a friend.

I’ll start – but if you read my goal you have to share yours in a comment below… Promise? Ok.

My professional goal is to get into podcasts. I’m probably going to embarrass myself here because I don’t know much, but I’d like to download at least 3 podcasts each week that will help me be a better teacher, more educated about the world, and more open to new ideas! I love Ted Talks and I’m looking for something like that, but I want to listen to them on the go, in the mall, or while driving! Any suggestions for me?

Now, it’s your turn! (You promised!!!) What’s your professional goal for the new year?

16 comments for “Happy NEW Year! What’s your professional resolution?”

  1. sradibujo says:

    Professionally, I love Radio Ambulante and AltLatino. Latino USA is also good. For pure fun and enjoyment, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, This American Life, Things You Missed in History Class, and Serial are my favorites. (I have a long drive each day.)

    1. Megan says:

      Love it! Thanks!

  2. Kara says:

    #1: Have an exciting “hook” (I prefer this word over “warmup”) at the beginning of each class.
    #2: Include one “experience” in each unit.
    #3: My work day stops at 4:00 pm. Period.
    Happy New Year!!

  3. Julie M. says:

    #1 – Work on assessment in instruction (more formative/informal assessment during class)
    #2 – Get students asking questions of each other (not always me leading the questioning)
    #3 – Be packed up and walking out the door at 4:00 (thanks, Kara, for the idea!) AND only bring home one thing to do that evening
    #4 – Friday night = family night. NO exceptions!

    1. Kara says:

      Welcome! I’m a fan of your #4!!

  4. lafemmet says:

    Hi, I am an American living in Serbia. Thus, my number one goal is to learn Serbian. Others include being more positive, meeting more people. engage more young kids in fun English activities. Be a better wife and mother. Great post!

    1. Anonymous says:

      As a Serbian living in US (and teaching French) I applaud your goal #1. Serbian kids are good at learning English and very curious about american culture. Good luck.

  5. missivonne says:

    Do less grading. (Yes, Kara, I’m still working on it — but I AM getting better. LOL!

    1. Kara says:

      Poco a poco… 🙂

  6. Emilie says:

    Podcasts sound great! I’ll admit that I know nothing about these, but I should investigate. A big goal in my classroom this year is to incorporate more authentic listening activities. Personally/professionally I want to blog more myself and read more from other blogs because there is so much to learn from other teachers!

  7. Maureen says:

    I’m going to build my network for professional learning. I know there is lots of good stuff out there; I’m going to find it, read it, ponder it, subscribe to it, and learn from it– blogs, tweets, etc.

  8. Francia says:

    Engage students into talking more in the target language, create fun and innovating activities like yours Kara. Work smarter!

  9. Anonymous says:

    No more hitting the snooze button! Also, being sure to use a “summarizer” at the end of every lesson that helps me to gauge my learning objective.

  10. Bess says:

    My goal is to put more effort into lesson planning and forward thinking. The thing I love about my classroom is that I can wing it and have a great lesson with very little planning. But I would like to put in some more time to see if I can create amazing things I can use again and again.

  11. Sandi says:

    I’m in my 4th year of teaching after many years in a different industry. My goal is to have my lessons and ideas written and saved in an order that will allow me to spend less time on lesson planning in the future–other than new ideas to incorporate and keep lessons fresh. I think if I can spend less time on lesson planning, I can use that saved time to find more new things to do to keep the students interested in continuing their learning of the language.

  12. Valerie says:

    I recommend Freakonomics, they have many episodes about education, but they really stimulate your critical thinking abilities. Plus, they are fairly short, 20-40 minutes, so they are great for a workout or a car ride.

    My goal is to get better at providing quick feedback and returning graded work quickly. Thank you for all you ladies do, I am a better teacher for this website!

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