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New Year’s Resolutions: Back to School

Tagged In:  school, teaching
04 January 2018
As the Christmas holidays draw to a close and thoughts turn to the new term, now is often the time people set themselves resolutions or targets for the year ahead.

For most, these targets will involve joining a new gym or a complete diet overhaul, but these may be short-lived and often abandoned by March! With this in mind, we have put together a list of ‘resolutions’ that are practical and should help you with the year ahead.

1. A better work/life balance
Often harder said than done, but you can start by setting yourself targets such as not taking as many exercise books home to mark or stressing about the small things.

2. Become more creative  
Like anything you do on a regular basis, it's easy to get into a rut with lesson planning and teaching, which is why it's important to inject a little creativity wherever you can! You can find inspiration by speaking to colleagues, creating Pinterest boards and following teaching blogs. This will hopefully help give your teaching a new lease of life, and you may even enjoy looking for more ways to be creative in your lessons and planning. 

3. Have a classroom clear-out

Tackling the clutter can be hugely cathartic.  Set yourself a couple of hours aside and be ruthless with the bin bags.  The space you free up will come in handy over the course of the year!

4. Get everyone more interested in teaching
 
This is always difficult and even more so when a term is coming to an end and everyone is a little more tired. With this in mind, it's always worth trying to relate the content to the students lives, giving them more control over their work and assessments, (which will hopefully make them, take ownership of their own education) and trying to make it fun where possible!

5. Not to take things personally 
This is so important in teaching but it can be hard to remember when you’ve had a particularly stressful day. 

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