What would an upcoming new year be without some fresh New Year’s Resolutions?! This week’s Friday Five offers our top five resolutions for educators looking forward to starting 2012 off on the right foot.
- Open up to new ideas. Plan to try one new technology tool or teaching technique each month.
- Stress less. We’re guessing this is already on your list, and we hope you’re searching for ways to implement stress-reducing strategies in the classroom. Set up systems and procedures to help your classroom run more smoothly or utilize online organizational tools to help you stay on track. You can check out our 5 Free Web Apps for Teachers post for some great ideas.
- Go global. Skype for the Classroom makes it easier than ever for teachers and students from around the globe to connect, collaborate and exchange knowledge and teaching resources online. If you prefer the good old-fashioned pen pal, check out Worldwide Classroom for some international resources.
- Expand your personal learning network. Look beyond the walls of your own school or district to connect with other educators. There are so many resources available that can help you discover professional development tips, tools and resources that can help you enhance your classroom and add to your teaching skills. We posted our top online tools for professional development back in November. Use this as a jumping off point.
- Update your lessons. Review old lesson plans and adapt them to make them more relevant to today’s students. Maybe they need a complete overhaul, or maybe you just need to refresh your pop culture references. Either way, finding new ways for your kids to connect with the material can really impact the results.
Our resolution? To bring you all the tips and tools we can to help you make 2012 the best teaching year of your career. Cheers to 2012!
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