Become a Better Teacher in 2015

Posted by Brainspring on 4th Jan 2015

Growing Education BlogHi everyone,

Happy New Year!  I’m sure you noticed the blog got a makeover!  I’m hoping the new look attracts some attention because 2015 is going to be about growth: more sharing, more ways to participate, more multisensory activities, more of what you want to know about teaching.  All those are just small steps toward achieving the growth that matters most- more struggling students getting the instruction and support they need.

The first Multisensory Monday of the year is also about growth, growing to become better people and better educators.  This activity isn’t for your students; it’s to help you become a better teacher.  When we try to better ourselves and enrich our lives, we become better teachers.


Resolutions to Achieve, not to Change

Today, let’s take a different approach to making a New Year’s resolution.  Today, let’s take a few minutes to think about what we truly want to achieve, not just superficial things we wish we could change.   You’ll need a small piece of time, maybe 20 minutes, to follow through as you read.  That time will be well worth it.  When I did this activity, I ended up making over the blog!

If you have a sheet of paper and something to write with, you’re ready to go.  The steps are simple.   With time and effort, the results can be powerful.

  • Goals for Teachers

    Yes, this is the actual list I made. It’s a bit messy and not all education related.

    In a quiet place with no distractions, take a few minutes to make a list of things you would seriously like to accomplish this year.

    • This can be about anything, hopefully with a few education or career ideas in the mix.
  • Pare down your list to a few things that you feel are realistic and most important to you.

    • Try selecting a choice specifically related to education, teaching or your career.
  • reading specialist goalsOf those choices, pick one that you can start right away.

  • Spend the next 10 minutes doing something to get started!

    • Seriously, start now!  You don’t have to finish.  Just take 10 minutes to do something.


Taking the first step is one of the hardest parts.  Once you’ve started, keep the momentum going.  I taped my goal on the inside of my iPad cover so I’ll glance at it all the time.  Try spending 5 minutes a day or set aside 1 hour a week to actively work on your goal.  Pretty soon, those small amounts of time will add up to real changes.

Good luck!


If you’re open to, please share your resolution and what you did with your 10 minutes to get started.  It would be great to give other readers some ideas.


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