I love the idea of beginning a new year because it reminds me that we can take advantage of a fresh start. Whether personally or professionally, starting anew gives us a chance to reflect, revise, and gives us another go at getting it “right”. It gives us a chance to celebrate what worked and outline what we want to do differently in the future. The ideas behind my thinking aren’t about getting it wrong the first time. Rather, it honors the idea that as time passes we grow…we are smarter and know more…and it gives us a chance to add to our knowledge and make something new. These ideas hold a place in the work we do in education. Each school year, each marking period, each unit of study, each month, week and day marks an opportunity to start again. We can reflect and take what we have learned, apply it to our belief system and outline why what we do matters so that we can figure out our next steps and take action. What a blessing it is that learning allows us to do all of that! This is exactly how we need to think each day as we work with the learners in our care.
What will 2015 hold for you and your students?