Can you believe 2022 is upon us?
Are you hoping to develop greater patience, take a professional development course, try a new teaching technique, or focus on personal growth? These are all worthwhile goals. Yet, setting resolutions doesn’t guarantee you will keep them. One goal setting method that many find helpful is the SMART method. SMART is an acronym that stands for the words: Specific; Measurable; Achievable; Relevant; and Timely.
Here are some examples of New Year’s resolutions for special educators:
Keep good records
Beginning Jan. 1, I will spend 30 minutes per day writing three sentence long progress notes on five students. By the end of each week, I will have completed progress notes on 25 students.
Take your lunch break
This semester I will sit down for lunch at least 20 minutes. As helping professionals, neglecting our own needs can be an occupational hazard. Yet, finding time to eat a nutritious midday meal isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Your students will benefit from your improved mood and higher energy.
Get out of the classroom
This semester, I will take a 10-minute walk to clear my head and get some exercise. Just as it’s important to eat well, it’s equally important to get fresh air and exercise. A brisk walk around the campus or the neighborhood surrounding your school can work wonders for your physical and mental health.
On the last Friday of every month, I will spend one hour sorting through the paperwork and digital files. We all know how overwhelming it can be when we can’t find the documents and supplies, we need to do our jobs. Organizing our workspaces can spell the difference between feeling stressed and discombobulated and feeling empowered.
By February, I will sign up for one professional development course in a subject that will help me to grow professionally. It’s natural to be apprehensive about returning to the classroom as a teacher, but there’s nothing like professional development to give us renewed energy and inspiration for our careers.
Invest in personal growth
By March, I will register for a class or activity that will enrich my personal life. All work and no play can impact our mental health. Make sure to get out and do something special for yourself. Self-care will make you a much better educator.