We all do it. The start of a new academic year, particularly if you’re starting a role in a new school, is a chance for everyone to wipe the slate clean. Get their house in order. Plan for things to go better this year. Prepare ourselves for new curricula or innovations in our classroom. Invariably, at the start of a new academic year I would always give myself a few targets and so in this tongue-in-cheek post I thought I’d share some targets for the forthcoming year; ones that I would often set myself, but then struggle to achieve. If any of these resonate with you, why not tweet them!
- To not leave planning until the day before term starts
- Read educational books
- Start using Twitter / stop using Twitter so much
- Start a blog
- Stay on top of my marking
- Agree to organise another residential
- Organise a TeachMeet
- Go to the gym
- Find time for me
- Keep up with the payments for coffee and tea in the staffroom
- Actually make it to the staffroom every day to enjoy the coffee and tea I’m paying for
- Sign up to staff sports every Friday
- Not be the last person in school most days
- Not be the first person in school every day
- Renew those wall displays from 3 years ago I didn’t get around to renewing last year
- Get broken chairs in classroom fixed
- Clean the whiteboard properly
- Be more organised
- Set up a new club
- Get a promotion
- Get folders for every child I teach and label each one and make sure they’re used
- Avoid Tesco so I don’t end up buying 5 x 24 pack of coloured Sharpies
- Start using my iPad more
- Not miss a single meeting
Of course, knowing the pitfalls is really helpful. Actually, if you’ve set targets like the above before, how can we learn so that we don’t make the same mistakes again.
— Teacher memes (@memes_teacher) July 28, 2017
Are there any new academic year resolutions that you give yourself? I’d love for you to add them into the comments section below so we can read what yours are.
Happy new year!