Like my fellow blogger Megan wrote in her last post, one of the best things about being a teacher is that we get two New Year’s celebrations. We have our Happy Back-to-School New Year in the fall, as well as the “regular” Happy New Year celebration in January.
New beginnings are fun; each one is a fresh chance to try something different, take a chance, and just celebrate life. This year, as usual, I find myself making a shiny new list of resolutions. I have made the following resolutions to round out the remainder of the 2010-11 school year:
- I will give up my quest to understand the humor of adolescent boys. Today, one student spent the entire day calling everyone a “noob.” No, I do not know what that is, nor did anyone else in my room (including the other students). But apparently if you are 13 years old, it’s hilarious. I don’t get it, and I’m not ashamed to admit I never will.
- I will remember to throw an extra apple-scented wax cube into my melting pot on all days that the cafeteria serves baked beans or Mexican food.
- I will try my best to always keep the Staff Happy Bowl filled to the top. I have the two best paraprofessionals in the universe. If fun-size candy bars will put smiles on their faces, it’s the least I can do.
- At least once a month, I will do something totally girly. I spend my days in a classroom with all-male students and two male paraprofessionals—only to come home to my husband and son. So I deserve a pedicure and a new shade of lip gloss on a semi-regular basis.
- Even though 5/6 of my students toss their papers in the recycle bin instead of bringing them home, I will continue to believe they really do look at them first and appreciate the stickers, stars, and smiley faces I put on them.
- I will continue to set high expectations for all of my students. I will not let the immediate complaints of “This is hard!” deter a lesson. After all, that almost always ends with a chorus of “Huh, I guess I can do it.” I will also continue to say “I told you so,” because I knew you could do it, and I will believe in you even on the days you don’t believe in yourself.
Happy new year to each and every one of you. I wish you good luck as you work to achieve your own fresh batch of resolutions.
And if anyone knows what a noob is, let me know. You can find me in the nail polish aisle.