Teachers and students know that the new year really begins on the first day of school. January 1st is like a new beginning for us.
Here are some of my plans and resolutions for the second half of the school year:
Review procedures on the first day back. A break that feels too-short to the teacher feels like forever to the kids. They will have forgotten so much—in academics and in classroom behavior.
Renew our focus on basic facts. It takes an iron will to force students to memorize, but I know that knowledge will serve them well. We’ll practice in many ways: with Dad’s Worksheets, Best Multiplication Songs EVER!, my math addition and multiplication practice programs, and the classroom game Math Smackdown.
Set new goals for independent reading. We’ll set goals for reading a certain number of chapter books, a certain number of books in each genre, etc. We’ll work toward a fun celebration, like Fort Day.
Forge on with our typing. Our school district bought special computers to help students build typing skills. The students love them—but again it takes a teacher’s iron will to force them to focus and practice. I know that good typing skills pay off for a lifetime: it’s worth it!
Make time for fun. Community builders, energizer activities and parties to celebrate accomplishments bring us closer together.
…so those are my classroom resolutions! But school’s not in yet. I’m working up my appetite for the traditional New Year’s black eyed peas and greens. Learn more about the tradition at about.com.