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6 New Year Resolutions for Teachers

  • Anagha Vallikat
    Anagha Vallikat

Let’s get real, we have all gone down the “New year, new me” lane. More often than not, these resolutions have a short life span and die before March. To ensure that the resolutions are successful, it is pivotal to set achievable new year resolutions. Teachers are continuously trying to improve themselves and take their teaching to the next level. The new year is a great time to look back on the strategies and methods used in the classroom and smart new year resolutions can help make efficient changes.

Here are six new year resolutions for teachers that are sure to bring in major improvements in the classroom.

1.Upskill Yourself

One must be an exemplary learner to be a great teacher. This new year, make sure to get in touch with your inner learner. Upskilling yourself is a great new year’s resolution. It need not be a herculean feat. It could be something like learning how to sort in excel or understanding a teaching model that you always wanted to or attending a lecture. The important thing is to keep learning and upskilling and to be open to changes. The word is moving at a quick pace and you won’t be able to catch up if you are not ready to upskill.

2.Rethink Your Teaching Methods

No, this does not mean that you are not doing it right. It goes without saying that there are different types of learners in the classroom and it is impossible to cater to all of them with just one or two teaching strategies. You will never know what’s going to work and what’s not going to. Experimenting with new strategies will help you tackle the student crowd and this would also help to break the monotony in the classroom. An element of surprise will keep the students engaged and interested.

3.Embrace Technology

Teachers do not have to be tech-savvy to embrace technology. The world is now online and you will only fall behind if you refuse to embrace the change.  Automate redundant tasks like attendance and performance tracking. Start with a learning management system and ensure to choose an LMS that is easy to use and efficient.

4.Say Yes to Personalized Learning

Personalized learning is not a novel concept and yet a lot of teachers are yet to embrace the same. Every student is different. Their behavior, temperament, learning styles, and even their cognitive functions are different from other students, both qualitatively and quantitatively. To address the same, it is of paramount importance to incorporate a personalized learning model. While it might feel heavy and difficult to employ, you will be able to witness a smooth transition once you start with this model.

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5.Make Creative Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are not just about categorizing the portions and lessons and finishing the syllabus on time. It is also about taking a lesson across in the most efficient way possible. For example, if you are handling Shakespearian plays, the idea is not to finish the play within the designated time. The point is to take it across in such a way that the students do not forget about it. If you are teaching Julius Caesar, you could ask the students to rethink Mark Antony’s speech, reimagine the play and enact what would have happened if it took place in 2022 and likewise.

6.Take a Break

Last but not the least, make sure to take some time off and ensure to relax. When you are stressed and frustrated, it might reflect on your work. This might come out as unnecessary anger on students and this would affect the rapport. If the students are scared about the teachers, learning won’t be effective.

New year resolutions must be crafted in such a way that you can easily fit them in to your daily routine. Do not try and do everything on the first day. Start with small, simple steps and gradually pick up the pace.