3 productive New Year’s Resolutions for your classroom

As a teacher, setting New Year’s resolutions for your classroom can be a great way to start the new year on a positive note. By creating meaningful goals, you can help your students develop a growth mindset and cultivate a positive and inclusive learning environment. When students feel supported and valued, they are more likely to engage in learning and take ownership of their academic progress. What’s more, setting clear expectations and goals can help you as a teacher stay focused and organised, ultimately leading to better student outcomes. 

As we step into the new year at EPSL, we’re celebrating over 45 years of supplying schools with high-quality exercise bookspersonalised exercise books and supplementary reading materials. We have accumulated a range of techniques to establish a supportive and nurturing classroom atmosphere for students throughout the years. So, with that in mind, here are a few ways you can implement New Year’s resolutions in your classroom.

3 productive New Year’s Resolutions for your classroom

#1 - Let’s get organised

Starting the year with an organised classroom can make a big difference for both students and teachers. For students, having a structured learning environment can help them stay focused, find what they need quickly, and be more independent (as well as teach them the importance of tidying). For teachers, being organised can help them plan lessons more efficiently, manage resources better, and create a more effective teaching experience. Overall, an organised classroom sets the tone for a successful school year and makes the educational experience better for everyone involved!

#2 - Make your resolutions SMART

When students set academic goals for the New Year, the best way to make the goals easily achievable is to use the SMART method. SMART stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

This method helps to make sure that the goals are clear and precise, making it easier for students to define what they want to achieve, track their progress, and stay motivated during the process. It gives the student a defined path towards their goal, which will increase the chances of them successfully achieving it. By incorporating the SMART method, students can set achievable goals that help them focus and stay committed. This exercise isn't just for students, though. As a teacher, you can also benefit from using SMART targets. It could be an excellent activity for you and your class and encourage your students to follow your example.

#3 - Stay up to date with the latest teaching trends 

If you keep up with the newest teaching trends, you will be able to implement strategies and lesson ideas that are more effective and relevant to your students. This, in turn, will make learning more engaging and relevant for your students. By staying up-to-date with the latest teaching techniques, you can ensure that your students are receiving an education that is both effective and relevant to their needs. You can do this by attending teacher training courses, signing up for newsletters and finding resources online from trusted institutions like the BBC Teach email service. BBC Teach curates content from BBC Learning and around the organisation, tailored towards teachers in the UK - making it a handy resource for inspiration and information.

Apart from embracing these New Year's traditions in your classroom, there are a few other things you can do to help make the school better, like investing in quality equipment!

At EPSL, we provide a great range of lined exercise books, plain express exercise books and personalised exercise books. With more than 40 years of experience behind us, we're always top-of-the-class when it comes to producing resources and learning solutions for schools. If you've got any questions, you can count on us to provide answers in as much or as little detail as you need. Feel free to give us a call on 01254 686 500!

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