I always consider the 1st September as my new year, so with that in mind I have been considering what my ‘New Year Resolutions’ may be for the upcoming school year.
I am guilty for putting off simple tasks and thinking ‘I will just do it later’. The problem being that by the time it is ‘later’ I am either distracted by something else or simply too tired to do it. So my mantra for this year is Just Do it!
Observations need adding to journals? … Just do it!
Sheets to be stuck in books? … Just do it!
Need to tidy my desk? … You get the idea!
These tasks are never as bad once you get started, it is when it builds up that it becomes this massive mountain to conquer.
2: Work/Life Balance
I would imagine this is a top priority/concern for most teachers. I am definitely someone who enjoys searching for new ideas for provision and reading books related to teaching/Early Years but I also find my weekends being taken up by planning and assessment. I really want to make time to focus on something that can completely take my mind off work. Recently I have taught myself how to crochet and have really enjoyed the process of making items, so definitely want to try and continue that at least 3 times during the week. Also, the holidays seem to mark the time I can read … and I certainly try to cram in as many books as I can! During term time I tend to use Audible during the commute to work but often have an additional book on the go on my Kindle – so again, would like to aim for at least 10 minutes a night or for at least 3 nights in the week.
A great app for trying to develop a work/life balance is Fit2Teach. Answer a set of questions about your day and you receive a score, the aim being to remain in the green.
I am pretty rubbish at logging my answers each day so would like to achieve a full month of scores … and being optimistic, maybe even a month of green scores!
Do you have any of your own school year resolutions? Feel free to share them in the comments 😀