Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018

Three new year’s resolutions to enhance your teaching career

With the new school year approaching fast, now is the perfect time to reflect on your career goals and what you want from the year ahead. Here are three resolutions to inspire you.

Ambitious teachers are always striving to improve. Whether you aim to make your lessons more engaging, achieve greater student involvement or get to know your students better, you are no doubt looking for ways to take your teaching to the next level.

With the new school year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on your teaching practice and to take your career to the next level.

Here are three resolutions that may inspire you.

#1 Build stronger relationships

Think about how you can build stronger relationships with your students in 2018. More than anything else, teaching is about the relationship between teacher and student; it’s no secret that students will work harder for a teacher they respect. At the same time, building a better connection with individual students enables you to build a stronger classroom community. And don’t stop at the students – take the time to build stronger relationships with parents and peers too. This could mean providing more timely feedback to parents, and sharing new ideas and thinking with your colleagues.

#2 Inject new thinking into the classroom

Is there a new teaching technique you’ve always wanted to try? Perhaps there are assessment methods you’ve been thinking about putting into practice? Wherever you are in your teaching career, take the opportunity to get outside your comfort zone and inject some new thinking into the classroom. Start by delving deeper into the latest research –Teacher magazine is a great place to start – then equip yourself with practical skills through a relevant course.  

#3 Plan your next move

Take this time away from the classroom to gain some fresh perspective on your teaching career. What are your goals? Are you on track? How can you keep moving towards them in 2018? This could be the year you embark on a new qualification. There are lots of part-time online courses that give you the flexibility to study at your own pace. Best of all, these courses allow you to put your new learnings into practice as you study.  

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