Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Year's Eve


My 2013-2014 school year officially begins tomorrow, which makes today the real New Year's Eve. I've been partying it up today, too. I slept in late, didn't work out this morning, I'm wearing blue jeans and Chuck Taylor knock-offs, I drank a soda with lunch, and I'm not planning on doing anything school-related for the rest of the day. I probably won't stay up until midnight tonight, but maybe I'll drink a glass of bourbon bubbly chocolate milk before calling it a night at 10:30.

Back in January, I shared my 13 for '13, which were my thirteen resolutions for 2013 (most of which are going fairly well, I'm pleased to say). Any teacher knows, though, that the beginning of the school year is the real time for change, so I want to share my School Year Resolutions with you. Some of these are old standbys that I try to live by daily, while some of these are things I'm really going to have to push myself to do.

To those of you who use PicMonkey for your photo editing needs, they now have a school theme!

1. Have some form of breakfast every single day.
2. No working during lunch break. This must be a time to recharge.
3. Avoid making copies frantically five minutes before class starts.
4. Arrive to work no later than 7:45 each day (I'm required to be there by 8:00).
5. It's okay to be busy, but it is not okay to burn your candle at both ends. I will try to better balance my work life with my outside-of-work life.
6. Turn in your attendance! (I'm notoriously terrible at remembering this, and that's not good.)
7. Make the most out of every single day and every single class period.
8. Become a bigger part of school culture. Attend more events (but don't risk breaking resolution #5).
9. Smile often and maintain a high level of enthusiasm.
10. Be tough as nails the first couple of weeks of school, then ease up later.
11. Avoid negativity in the building!
12. Be a game-changer for students. Empathize with them, advocate for them, and make them feel important every day.
13. Just breathe and eat that elephant one bite at a time.

Do you have any resolutions for your upcoming school year? What will you be working on?


  1. Hi Stephanie,

    Just wondering if your students begin tomorrow too? It still feels too early to start...aaghh!!

    1. Jenn, my students don't start back until Wednesday. They tell me I'm going to be professionally developed over the next two days. *painful grin*

  2. Can I just copy yours? We think along the same lines!

    1. I'm not sure if it's a relief or scary that someone is thinking along the same lines as me. ;)

  3. These are great! Kiddos don't start for us until the day after labor day.

    1. Wow! Schools around here never start that late! When do you guys get out?

  4. Our students always start the day after Labor Day, and our last day is around the middle of June, this year on the 13th. It's some law we have in place because of the tourism industry here. I like our schedule; then again, I grew up in this town so it's what I'm used to.

  5. Most of my resolutions are like yours:

    better balance my work and personal life
    stay caught up on lesson plans and grading (really bad at that)
    turn in my attendance (bad at that too)
    push my students to achieve their full potential and be more consistent in discipline and classroom management

    We go back Monday aaah!!

  6. How did it go? I'm dying to hear all about it!

    1. This was seriously my smoothest school year start ever, which is actually kind of scary! I'm afraid it's that spooky green sky before the tornado... O_o

  7. I chuckled on #6. I hated being on the bad email list from the attendance clerk :/ These are great resolutions!