7 New Year’s Resolutions for Educators

  • January 10, 2022
  • Raquel Martinez Suh

In every profession across every sector, as the new year approaches, you see them and hear of them often: New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s a new semester, the mid-year mark or the start of a school year, the New Year is the perfect time to reflect, refine and discover. Educators are known to find innovative ways to make their students better by simultaneously making their own experiences better.

Resolutions for the New Year

We’ve included seven New Year’s resolutions to help educators discover new and fresh ways to welcome in the new year. Here are a few ways to help inspire you for the new year.

  1. Work on your professional self-care
    It’s second nature to get caught up on deadlines and doing things for your students that professional self-care easily gets put on the back burner. Make a change this year by setting a professional goal for yourself. Whether it’s a weekly goal or a monthly goal, find something that will bring motivation to the table, which in turn will bring motivation into your role.
  2. Read a book or listen to a podcast on leadership
    Look at the current role you’re through a new set of eyes. There is an abundance of free resources available to educators by educators including podcasts. With the popularity of podcasts on the rise, you can filter down exactly what you are searching. Topics can vary from classroom-specific activities to other teachers simply relating to others through encouragement and stories. If reading books is more your speed, you can certainly discover an endless amount of books to provide you with the information you are looking for.   
  3. Take a continued education credit course
    This goes along the lines of professional self-care but holds one accountable. Whether it’s an hour-long course or a weekend-long conference, continued education can provide educators with respite they never knew they needed or wanted. Find something to look forward to or surprise yourself by taking that course you thought was out of your league. Take time this year to learn something new!
  4. Go for a restorative walk
    By simply reflecting on a day or a week in time, one can find inspiration in why they do what they do and how they can make it better. Many times, it just takes going for a 45-minute or 60-minute walk to allow for time and space. Restoring ones’ mental capacity helps one be mindful of their work. Practice asking yourself positive questions such as, “What did I learn today?” “How did I share in my knowledge today?”
  5. Find volunteer opportunities
    Find a way to give back. This can help you to gain perspective and remind yourself of your “why.” Perhaps you choose to volunteer within the realms of your expertise or decide to think outside of the box to try something new. Either way, these experiences can certainly help you to focus on something new and refresh your mind. Volunteering is a great way to create new community and connections as well.
  6. Find a mentor
    Mentors have way of giving you that unforeseen motivation. Everyone benefits from having a support person. It can be a colleague or someone in your profession but outside your inner professional circle. A mentor can help you set and clarify your career goals, both short-term and long-term. All while giving you the how’s and why’s of feeling better about your job. Mentors can certainly provide insight and support to a long-lasting and happy career.
  7. Seek positivity
    What work environment thrives without positivity? Positivity can be contagious. Research has shown that it boosts productivity and morale among co-workers. By using positive words and actions, one can easily intertwine positivity where it is needed. In doing so, small wins become more recognizable too, making you and everyone else feeling better about the work you all do. All at the same time motivating one another to be better in their roles, together.

In Summary

Take time the new year to grow yourself, your career, and your community. For each person, that looks different so remember to be kind to yourself when setting your goals. They can be large or small as you want them to be, as long as they work for you.

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