Jan 04
New Year's Resolutions for Teaching

Happy New Year! We sincerely hope you each enjoyed a lovely holiday season.

Now, it's a brand new year and the days ahead are filled with endless possibilities for us, our teaching and our students.

From Amanda

While I don't usually make resolutions (they can be so very hard to keep!), this year I have resolved to try two things that relate to my teaching: 

  • I will ask more questions of my students as I roll out the course and plan my lessons, because I want my teaching to respond to the students' evolving needs. Their answers to the question, 'What was most useful (or interesting or puzzling or challenging) in today's class for you?' or 'What do you want to know more about in our next class to help you with the current assignment?' will help me prepare my next class more productively and effectively.
  • I will take more than just the mid-term pulse of the class; I will check in every month to assess where things are at for the students - in relation to their learning, their comfort in the classroom, and their confidence to ask for help.

From Janine

January Wishes.pdf.jpgMy parents recently moved into a condo and I received “the box". You know the one with all the report cards, artwork and special memories from my childhood that no longer fits in their smaller home.

I stumbled across this: It was my January wishes when I was in Grade 4.

I was delighted to see #5. Apparently in Grade 4 I wanted to be a teacher. And a doctor, and an accountant... I'm proud to say I accomplished #4 – I can definitely get along with my brother for one week without fighting!

Perhaps resolutions do work!?!  

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How about you? Are you a New Year's resolution kind of person? Do you have any plans to enhance your teaching for learning in 2019? Sign in above and then comment below to join the conversation! 

Comments

Happy New Year to both of y...

Happy New Year to both of you! Amanda -- I just watched a Lynda.com video yesterday on the importance of asking good questions (and the missed opportunities when we ask badly worded questions or, worse, no questions at all!).  I recently asked the question of a presenter: "What did you learn from this process?" and it led to a very interesting reflection on leadership and working with teams. Thanks for the great reminder of how good questions can spark curiosity and lead to better ideas! Janine -- Thank you for sharing this wonderful list! Your #3 really resonates with me as it is one of my goals this year -- and wow, the fact that you were thinking about creativity at that age is amazing! However, I think I love your #6 the best because it pulses with hope and optimism and a beautiful outlook on the world -- and that is something I wish for all of us!
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  • Christine E Watson
 on 1/4/2019 9:02 AM

Love reading your blog! Tha...

Love reading your blog! Thanks for the extra work you both do in publishing it each week.
Janine #6 is my favourite!
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  • Michael Whalen
 on 1/4/2019 9:25 AM

What a fun way to kick off ...

What a fun way to kick off the year!  I think resolutions are great for providing direction to channel energy at any point in time.  At the end of 2018 I resolved to participate more in Faculty Fridays, I would like to keep that going.  This is a small part of a larger goal to not allow pressure to put horse-blinders on me (aka tunnel vision) whereby my own business is all consuming, depriving me of the richness and potential around.
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  • Lindsay Mulholland
 on 1/4/2019 10:54 AM

I love reading your blog to...

I love reading your blog too... and I have a suggestion for my fellow instructors. Let's let Amanda and Janine  know we are reading their blog by posting (at least) a very short comment (as simple as "Thanks Amanda and Janine") EVERY time we read it, not because they need a weekly thank-you from each of us(though perhaps they would appreciate it), but so they know how many people are reading them.
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  • Andrew Warren
 on 1/4/2019 11:18 AM

I also love reading the blo...

I also love reading the blog each Friday.  And I do send you both a thank you!  I don't make resolutions but I do have a goal this year of trying to challenge myself more, to speak up, make new connections, and to sign up for more training and experiences to make sure I'm not stuck in my "silo" and way of doing things.  Then in turn this will help bring more examples and different view points to my teaching.
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  • Shelly Chlan
 on 1/4/2019 12:14 PM

Thanks, everyone. So great ...

Thanks, everyone. So great to see you all here. It is lovely to know that people do, actually, read the blog! I hope your New Year has started well...and gets better and better. :)
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  • Amanda Le Rougetel
 on 1/4/2019 3:18 PM

Happy new year! I, too, enj...

Happy new year! I, too, enjoy reading your blog. I have a few resolutions in my personal life (such as making time for the little things I wish I had more time for like reading 15 minutes/day. I'm using a checklist system to hold me somewhat accountable!) Janine, this is an amazing list for a 9-10 year-old. Number 4 made me chuckle, but #3 and 6 really speak to me. Thank you, both, for your blog. I look forward to reading them every week.
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  • Paula Amaral
 on 1/5/2019 1:06 PM

I enjoy reading the blog an...

I enjoy reading the blog and comments too! It's a nice platform to converse with people at different campuses. As far as teaching resolutions go, I want to get better at directing conversations to minimize the rabbit trails that can be followed during class discussions. On a personal level (and also to reduce visual pollution for my office-mates), I want to get better at organizing my resources with Office 365 so that I have a less cluttered desk.
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  • Sherry L Seymour
 on 1/7/2019 11:37 AM