New (School) Year, New Beginnings

Summer Break has ended. Students are entering new classrooms and teachers are assembling new lessons. The new school year is upon us and it’s a time for a fresh start and new beginnings. Even if this is your 20th year as a teacher at the school or you’re a student entering senior year of your school, the new academic year is a time for a fresh start and new beginnings.

If you have not already spent some time reviewing last year, spend some time going over its successes, failures, and everything in between. What do you want to change this year? Try again with renewed vigor? Or just set aside knowing that it was a failure? The new school year is an opportunity to start anew. If it helps to write out goals, try out the SMART system for goal setting.

As an educator for almost two decades, I’ve been amazed at how quickly kids can and do reinvent themselves. I’ve watched the “class clown” become a music aficionado one year and strong athlete the next. I’ve seen struggling, even apathetic students, become serious scholars! Take inspiration from your students. Whether you want to make big or small changes in your classroom or outside of it, take advantage of your fresh start!

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