A new year is about to begin! What will your New Year’s resolution(s) be for 2016? If you’re still deciding or want to make both a personal and professional resolution, this list of New Year’s resolutions for teachers is the perfect place to start. From sharing ideas to adding to your teaching portfolio, you’ll find a variety of resolutions that can help you branch out from your comfort zone and improve as a teacher. 

  • Lighten up! Let students make a mess once in a while, and strive to make the classroom a fun place to learn.
  • Talk with children, not at them. Help them feel more involved while reminding them that their voices matter.
  • Foster creativity! Try to incorporate a variety of opportunities for children to be creative into your daily lesson plans.
  • Utilize the time spent with children wisely—interact, laugh, and play. It’s important that you connect with children, so you can help them feel comfortable and safe in the classroom.
  • Give up some of your control and let children plan, execute, and even evaluate projects. Providing children with hands-on opportunities and experiences is essential to the overall learning process.
  • Share ideas, resources, and revelations with parents, children, and other teachers. This is a wonderful way to involve parents and children and help them get to know you. It can also have a positive effect on your working environment and relationships with other teachers.
  • Send thank you notes directly to children’s homes, addressed to the children. Children will love getting your note in the mail! It’s also a great way to acknowledge children and let children’s families know how their child has been doing at school.
  • Add to your teaching portfolio on a regular basis. Don’t end up scrambling to put everything together at the last minute. You might overlook a great addition to your portfolio if you only add to it once a year.
  • Try one new idea, sing one new song, play one new game, or read one new children’s book every week. This is a great way to shake things up and keep children excited and engaged in learning.
  • Be yourself! Keep a positive attitude! By being a good role model in the classroom, you can inspire students to be themselves, increase their resiliency, and have a positive mindset.

Check out Judy Fujawa’s (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Early Childhood Education for a variety of lists that will give you the ideas, advice, and inspiration you need as you work with young children. Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You is also a great resource for teachers wanting to improve their resilience and overall health in the new year. Be sure to share your New Year’s resolution(s) on our Facebook and Twitter pages or in the comment section below.

Happy New Year!
Best wishes for a successful, joyful, and memorable 2016!
-Kaplan Early Learning Company