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8 ways to kick off the new year as an educator

by | Balance for Educators

Today I’m sharing with you eight ways to help you kick off the new year as an educator… to make your life, in and out of the classroom, simpler, more efficient, and better!

1. Remember your why.

Why did you become a teacher? What about teaching brings you joy? On those hard days (and we all have them!), circle back around to your “why”. OR think about how you want to feel in your job and brainstorm ways to find that. It’ll help you manage those difficult moments with more ease and less frustration.

2. Give yourself and your students a pause.

Time in our days is often limited but if we can take a few mindful moments to pause, and give our students and ourselves some silence and/or presence to regroup and take a breath, it can do wonders for how the rest of the class period will go. It shows understanding and lets us check in with our students. It can also help create better connections with them and let them know there’s a person they can go to who they can trust and who will listen. Need help figuring out how to create a mindful moment? Book a complimentary call and let’s chat!

3. Did you know?

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4. Create a flexible seating classroom environment.

Except for very briefly after the pandemic when we had to implement restrictive policies on seating, I’ve had a flexible seating classroom for many years. It has been a game changer for both me and my students. Why? It gives them freedom and choice, and teaches taking responsibility for those choices at the same time. When we are more physically comfortable, we are better able to focus, and it’s more likely that learning will occur.

5. Celebrate the wins

Celebrate the wins that you’ve had over these last few months. We often get caught up in the cycle of negativity and everything going wrong… but there’s probably a lot that has gone right. Focus on those moments when times are tough.

6. Review your goals/intentions

Did you set goals or intentions, personally and professionally at the beginning of the school year? How are those coming along? Assess what’s working and not working. Need help developing a plan? Reach out and let’s chat.

7. Expand your mind.

Pick up a new book to support you in your career path. Some of my favorite books that my colleagues and I have read together and that have proven to be applicable to my teaching time and again are Permission to Feel by Marc Brackett, Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication by Oren Jay Sofer, and The Polyvagal Path to Joyful Learning: Transforming Classrooms One Nervous System at a Time by Debra Em Wilson.

8. Look ahead

Decide how you want to finish up the school year.

We have 4-5 months left in the school year. What do you want to accomplish? How do you want to support your students? How do you want to feel at the end of the year? How can you make a difference in your life and the lives of your students and colleagues? It doesn’t have to be grand gestures!

Ask yourself… what small steps can I take to finish this school year with ease and contentment?

Need help figuring out any of the above? That’s what I’m here for! Book a complimentary call and let’s ensure the second half of the school year is a success.

Amy Necci

Amy Necci

Balanced Life Mentor for Educators

Hi, I’m Amy (she/her)!
•PA Teacher 20+ years•

I consider myself a teacher and student every single day. I empower educators with self-support tools so they can live their BEST life!

As a teacher myself, I’m especially passionate about serving educators and feel strongly that learning self-support strategies can benefit anyone at any stage of life. In mentoring educators, my goal is to cultivate a space of acceptance and comfort, offering the people I support permission to be themselves, trust themselves, and grow at their own pace.