1. Improve Your Connection With Parents

Teacher Connect

Make a positive connection to your students parents via a simple telephone conversation or social media. See how you can improve your relationship with parents by calling them with one piece of positive new or offer a connection to your school via social media. Create a school page or a class #hashtag and invite parents to follow you for progress and informal updates.

2. Bring the laughs.

CLassroom laughter

Lighten up learning with fun and engaging teaching activities from the world of Pinterest or Google search. Don't take yourself too seriously, a sense of humor is ultimatly one of the most important characteristics in the teachers skill set.

3. Encourage Active Listening.

Child Listening

Help students develop their listening skills,Only say ot once, repeating yourself in the classroom will produce lazy listeners in the classroom, Get your students to create questions based on the topic. Lazy listeners will pay more attention knowing this activity will follw after an exercise.

4. Connect a Teacher to Student Gap

Teacher one to one

Connect to a student who is fundamentally different from you, someone who is struggling, maybe an outcast or has some kind of social/emotional differences. Invite him or her for a one to one and listen carefully. You will be surprised by what you might learn about them and even yourself!

5. Support Creative Learning

creative space

Give more means for students to get creative by giving them more freedom to start exploring and making. If you havent already done so you could start by creating a learning space that welcomes on-demand wonder and exploration, plan to have a few essential hands-on math tools and items to provide students with more creative freedom like empty containers, manipulatives, and other prehaps some technology. You could also ask your students to give a name to the space created.

6. Give Your Learning Space a Makeover


Does your classroom need redesigning? Give Your Classroom a complete makeover and reinvent the learning spacces around you. Its not a job to that can be done overnight o why not get a handful of volunteers and students to help you design and set up your classroom to maximize learning.

7. New Year , New Goals

Encourage Students to set goals and resolutions at the start of the year. Get them thinking by asking them, "What are some things you would liket to achieve over the course of this year at school?" ask them why this goal is important to us and how they plan to achieve it. These goals should be SMART -- Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Rigorous, and Timely. Use the five steps wisely and have students interview each other to support them throughout the process.

You can print these additional resources to help.

Student Goals

New Year Student Resolutions

It's also important to set goals for ourselves and in turn become better individuals and improving our character.

8. Teach students to embrace their mistakes.

Marking Work

Encourage students to view their mistakes as healthy challenges, they will become more resilient individuals from it. View mistakes as part of a healthy learning process. Consider ways to teach with mistakes, remove the stigma from error, explain wrong answers a big red X is insufficiant and by helping students to see their mistakes their confidence in turn will grow. Tell the class about your own mistakes in life, especially if they are funny, and what you learned from them. Don't just embrace mistakes, encourage them! by emphasising the process rather than outcome, students can become more courageous learners.

Happy New Year and please feel free to leave any comments or share any ideas you are implementing in 2015