As we near the end of the calendar year and the end of the first semester of the school year, it is only natural that we reflect. Take a moment and reflecting on what went well, what could have gone better, and the goals you have for next semester.
Reflecting on What Went Well
We now have the second year of beginning school in a pandemic. Every single teacher, para, and adult who works in the school system needs a pat on the back for that one. You have navigated previously unknown territory with new rules and safety measures. You and your students are all in one piece. Besides the unprecedented times, think about what went well. Did you incorporate new methods into your teaching, or did you stick with the tried and true, and it went well like usual? Celebrate what works for you and what works for your students. Each person in your classroom, students and teachers alike, has something to celebrate this year so far. Focus on that and be glad.
Reflecting On What could have been better
There are always moments we regret as teachers. Instead of dwelling on individual circumstances and situations, decide on how you will move forward. If you have a rocky relationship with a student, parent, or another adult at school, move on. Make positive steps to heal that relationship or get past the unpleasantness. Don’t sweat the small stuff, as the saying goes. Do what you can, and be okay with your effort. You still did great things this semester. If something could have gone better, focus on what did go well.
What are the goals for next semester?
What can you learn from your first semester this year? Take some time to break down the subjects or classes you teach and decide what you want to see happen in the spring. Make academic goals for each class and make relational goals. With plans to look forward to, you will be motivated to be a better educator with a better relationship with your students and the adults who work with you.
It is easy to get bogged down with shoulda, coulda, woulda thinking as we leave the first semester behind and jump into second. Don’t let the negatives weigh you down. It would be best to see what went well, what needs improvement, and what goals you can make in your teaching for the future. Comment below with what is on your lists!