Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy New Year: An Educator's Resolutions!


Have a Wonderful 2018!

 I resolve to:

  1. treat all students fairly, regardless of race, gender, age, behavior, a parent's nasty attitude, the comments from last year's teachers, or seemingly lack of interest in learning 
  2. continue to follow Rita Pierson's advice, and be a champion for my students
  3. to realize that all children can learn, but not always at the same pace
  4. stop using sarcasm as a disciplinary tool, no matter how effective it may seem. 
  5. speak in a quiet, even,tone, even when yelling seems to be the only option. (It never is!)
  6.  realize that I could be the only good thing that happens in a student's day 
  7. grade papers in a timely manner, and use their grades to guide instruction
  8. meet all deadlines, and if I'm late, don't make excuses
  9. stop gossiping! (Hard one for me sometimes)
  10. share with my colleagues, we are not in competition with each other.use technology as a tool to engage and empower my students, technology is not a subject!
  11. be involved in fighting what is happening in, and to, public education!
  12. be a lifelong learner (I am very good at this one!)
  13. don't just complain, get in there and work to make changes
  14. stand up for my beliefs, and what I believe is good for my students
  15. continue to be passionate about my job, and if I'm not, retire.:) 

Are there any resolutions you would add?


  1. Not continue to multitask when I student is talking to me.

  2. Stay under the radar.

    1. Stay under the radar..... nice to know others have the same resolution

  3. More power to you. I say that stuff every year and after about a week, half of them are already out the window.

  4. @ L.M.:
    Worthy goals, well stated. I wish that everyone in our profession had your level of constructive thinking. You are an example of what is right about educators.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration. I have created my own goals :)

  6. I am officially retired from public teaching after a very personally satisfying and rewarding 42 year career. However, I am remarried and still have a 10 year old step-daughter at home (never had kids from my first marriage).

    Funny thing - when I was teaching, I used to have ALL KINDS of parenting advice (remember, I didn't have kids of my own at that time). Now I'm hanging on EVERY WORD OF THIS BLOG because it contains some of the BEST parenting advice I could ever learn!

    All those years of teaching kids didn't prepare me for this tough job of parenting step-kids. But all the things I'm learning from this blog and applying to my parenting these days FOR SURE would have made me a much better teacher!

    Thank you so much Lisa for sharing your experience and profound wisdom!

    All the best from Toronto,

  7. Thanks for sharing these! Always good reminders!