New Year’s Resolutions

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year…

Back to school!  I’ve actually been back at work since the 3rd, but my students come back tomorrow.  I know that a lot of people complain about the start of the new school year (students especially!), but I feel that if a teacher isn’t excited to get back to school, he/she is probably in the wrong profession.

I always try to start the year with a New School Year’s Resolution.  Sometimes these resolutions have something to do with my instruction, and sometimes they’re more about my personal development.  For instance, a past instructional resolution was to stay a week ahead on my photocopies.  A personal development example:  last year I resolved to dry my hair completely every morning instead of half-drying it and leaving the rest of it to dry on its own.  Some of my resolutions may seem silly, but they become habits by the end of the year and I’ve met all of the new school year goals that I’ve set since I began teaching.

My resolution this year:

To get up in the mornings to work out before I get ready for school.

I will permit myself to wait to work out in the afternoon on days when I don’t have an after school activity, but most days I need to get my butt out of bed at 6am in order to work out before school so that I’m not leaving the house to run at 7pm or some similar nonsense.  This will be tough, since it will involve the related resolution of going to bed earlier, but I know it will be a good thing for me and it will keep me up and moving on a daily basis.

Do you make new year’s resolutions?  And if you’re a teacher or student, do you make new school year’s resolutions?  Do you keep them?

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2 Responses to New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Jillian says:

    I absolutely agree with you– if a teacher isn’t excited about the new school year, he or she IS probably in the wrong profession. As I tell my students, my goal isn’t just to teach them English but to share with them my love of learning. And hopefully lead by example that learning lasts a lifetime.

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