Starting The New Year On The Right Foot

Hi everyone,

I hope you have all been enjoying your well-deserved break! I have, for sure! It's crazy how quickly these past two weeks have gone by, but I sure am ready to get back to work anyway ;)

As I sit at my desk, with a nice cup of coffee, I can't help but take a moment to reflect on my class and all the things that I would like to do in the new year. There are so many things that are working well in my class this year and I'm very proud of that. My goal for the new year is to focus on everything POSITIVE! Instead of trying to change everything, I plan on making my new goals simple, yet effective.

When I set goals for myself, it's so important to me that I achieve them. I can be hard on myself that way... I'm sure you can relate ;)
I know that goals are best achieved when they are small and simple
so I narrowed it down for myself. 

1. Focus on the positive. 
It's too easy to fall into that negative trap. We all get caught up in conversations that spiral out of control and become venting sessions. I don't like going there and I want to avoid it at all costs. Keeping your focus on everything that is good is key to creating a positive and effective work environment!

2. Encourage each other. 
The best motivation, for me, is when I receive compliments. When someone tells me I'm doing a good job, it really turns my day around. I found this awesome list floating around Facebook the other day and thought it was the perfect reminder!

You can find the original HERE.

3. Be proud of your accomplishments.
Not your disappointments. We have too much to be proud of.
There isn't any time to focus on things we don't like about ourselves.
Let's use our time wisely and focus on what we do RIGHT!

Remember, everything we do as educators is being observed by young learners. It's our job to show our students how to be proud of our accomplishments. Pride is such a powerful thing and opens doors to success! At least, I like to believe so ;)

4. Start each day with a "tell me something good" activity.
It takes only a few minutes each day to help our students focus on the good things. An easy way to do that is with a simple "tell me something good" chat. You can do this every morning, or at the end of each day. Simply choose three random students to share something GOOD that happened to them today. It warms my heart when I see my students feeling happy for each other. Happiness is contagious. Sometimes, we struggle with focusing our attention on what is going well in our lives. It takes practice but the more you do it, the easier it becomes.

5. Keep a clean desk. 
Keeping a clean desk makes a better learning environment, helps you focus, and changes your mood for the better! Teachers are the best role models for their students. We spend so many hours with them each day and they learn a lot from us, just by observing us. When you start an activity with your students, take a moment to have them clear their desks/tables. You would be surprised to see the difference this can make for many students!

As you may have noticed, my goals are all about my mood this year!
I'm a strong believer in positive energy :)

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  1. Love the "Tell me something good" activity! Great idea!

  2. Lots of feel good - positive ideas! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for linking up with us this month! I know these ideas will help so many teachers going back to the classroom after the winter break. :)

  4. Great post, Valerie. Thanks for reminding us to keep it positive!

  5. Love...Tell Me something GOOD! Thanks for the reminders! wendy 1stgradefireworks

  6. I hope you will keep writing more posts


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