We’re ready for the new year, and these goals can help. Dear Best Year Ever,We Arizona teachers are so ready for you. In preparation of your arrival, we’ve brainstormed some resolutions that we can stick with. (And, hey, after giving it some thought, there are just some things we aren’t willing toDec 26, 2017
We’re ready for the new year, and these goals can help.
Dear Best Year Ever,
We Arizona teachers are so ready for you. In preparation of your arrival, we’ve brainstormed some resolutions that we can stick with. (And, hey, after giving it some thought, there are just some things we aren’t willing to give up. It’s a no on skipping Taco Tuesday, and we’re totally going to keep binge-watching This is Us. Thanks for understanding.) Here is our list of surefire routes to a balanced and joyful 2018.
1. Improve our morning commute. We decided the early morning trek to work needs a little makeover. We’re resolving to set the timer on the coffee pot the night before, prep on-the-go breakfasts that are both delicious and nutritious (yum, yum, and yum), and tune in to an inspiring podcast on our drive, like “3 Ps in a Pod.” (Click here for more recommendations!)
2. Make a new friend at school. Even a small campus can feel enormous when we coop ourselves up in our classrooms. Cheers to branching out and building a new relationship with someone from a different grade, building, or department.
3. Prep like a pro. Starting in January, we promise to protect our preps. By making more efficient use of our planning time, we plan to take less work home in 2018.
4. Turn off autopilot. You know those lessons or unit plans you’ve been using so long, they feel like a comfy, old sweater? Yeah, about that — we are vowing to kick one of them to the curb in lieu of something with a little more sparkle — and relevancy. Think of it as an early "spring cleaning" for your lesson plans.
5. Level up. Let’s nix complacency and pledge to seek out professional development that is applicable and meaningful to our individual practices. Need inspiration? Take a look at these upcoming events.
6. Play up our fitness. It has never been more important for students and teachers alike to get active, and we plan to integrate movement into daily activities … and we’re taking tips from our first graders.
7. Create happiness in the classroom. We should find fresh ways to make our classrooms happy places — places where students feel empowered to take risks, places where positive memories and deep connections are made, and places where lessons differentiated for individuals unite our learners.
2018, we’re celebrating you with our favorite kind of goals for Arizona teachers — the kind that are big and achievable. Happy new year!