The beginning of a new school year is a great time to make a fresh start.
Below are some great tips to make a fresh start and positive changes that will benefit both you and your students.
Identify and Make a List of Your Classroom Problem Areas
Things that are not working in the classroom for either you or your students. List them in priority order by assessing which has the most negative impact most frequently on you and your students. For example;
Starting at the top of your list - Work out a solution for each problem some helpful tips include:
Take Care of Yourself and Encourage your Students to do the same
End the Year Well
Before you start to enjoy your well deserved holiday try to ensure you “close” the year mentally/emotionally and literally.
Evaluate / Set New Goals
Think back over the last year of teaching and ask yourself “What went well this year?” and “What didn’t go so well?”
Focus on things that you have control over (eg. Ability to improvise when things don’t go accordingly to plan) rather than what you can’t change (eg. Internet speed etc). Concentrate on improving the items you have control over such as a backup plan if the internet fails during class.
Make a list of some goals for the next year. For example:
Take time to recharge – use some of your holidays to disengage from work.
Prepare for the next term in the second-to-last holiday week
This will give you the final week to truly relax.