What are your educational goals for the New Year?I am currently anticipating New Year's eve and returning back to teaching both high school and college courses next week. I am waxing philosophical...

What are your educational goals for the New Year?

I am currently anticipating New Year's eve and returning back to teaching both high school and college courses next week. I am waxing philosophical at the moment. I am wondering what my goals should be in terms of my students for the year 2011. I decided that I am going to focus very closely on reading across the curriculum, but especially in my field, science. I am going back to the basics this upcoming term and really trying to get students to read more thoughtfully and carefully. What is your goal for the New Year?

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booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My goals are to try to reach the students in any way I can: reinvent the wheel if necessary. I hope to be better able to engage them and explain things in a way that clarifies and entices at the same time: to make students want to ask another question or get involved in a conversation with classmates.

I also want to make sure I'm more realistic with myself about what I can feasibly do without punishing myself: don't assign it if you don't want to grade it. I know this, but I forget sometimes. I want to see the kids laugh more and do units I enjoy where I can share my enthusiasm with them. As the weather begins to change (soon?), it's good to save the tap dancing routines until after the first two marking periods.

jashley80 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My goal is to say "screw it" to the scripted materials we are expected to use this year (which do not work with our population, particularly when there is no time alotted for reteach or permission for extensions), and I am going to teach students the way I know how to - using materials and activities that actually help my individual classes and students and using materials they respond to well (as evidenced in past years) to educate them versus teach AT them.

My other goals, for myself, are to begin a second master's in the summer and to find other teaching positions (like extra part-time teaching positions at the college level).

kapokkid eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My goal is to find at least two or three more activities/projects that will be effective in helping my high school students learn something during the time they are at school.  So much of what we do is a giant waste of time and I am always trying to find ways to actually encourage learning in the midst of all the nonsense that takes up most of the school day.  So far I think I've found a couple of things that work pretty well, but I am always looking.

I'd also like to make sure to keep reading and writing myself, perhaps even get something published this coming year.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am hoping to improve the basic writing of my junior classes this year. I have found that as students progress through school they forget the basics of grammar and punctuation as many subject exeminations call for short word or phrase answers (not so in English, of course!) I am seeking out fun but instructive basic skills quizzes and exercises to keep up their core skills. 

As ever, I plan to read more widely and try to get to my own writing sometime - I think these have been my resolutions for the past five years though!


sboeman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My goals are (1) for every student to always have a book to read that he or she enjoys, (2) to increase parent communication and open up lines of conversation with the parents of troublesome students, and (3) to further my professional development by taking more master's-level courses (if our family can afford it after the recent round of budget cuts!).

It's nice to read that our goals as teachers are not just solely focused on raising standardized test scores!

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

These days, I typically teach high school age students who are taking community college courses.  They are generally not truly ready for college, coming from a relatively poor (economically and educationally) set of high schools.

My goal is to do a better job of setting the level of my courses.  I need to be better at compensating for their weaknesses without "dumbing down" my classes to the point where they no longer deserve to be college courses.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I need to do better at catering to the significant number of ESL students in my classes and also trying to inspire some of the boys to actually do some work for a change. Always difficult though, as I find that you can only do so much as a teacher, and at some point individual responsibility does have to kick in. However, I am convinced that we all can be trying to do different things that might have an impact.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My goals include differentiating my curriculum to better suite the vast and varied groups of students in my classes.  I have everything from highly gifted to very low IQ to learning disabled.  I would like to make learning effective and fun, where everyone may not be as passionate about reading and writing as I am, but they look forward to coming to class and they take away with them some valuable skills.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My goal for the new year is to take my comprehensives for my MS of Ed/Eng, finish my degree paper, and implement a multi-genre research paper in my classroom. That happens to be the subject of my degree paper, and I am positive that allowing students to engage in multi-genre writing will boost their writing efforts and confidence.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My educational goals for the New Year will be to work with our special education population of students and try to find ways to improve their scores on state mandated tests. Our focus has been on improving reading skills in order to help these scores.

lawal4real | Student

I av few students in my literature class who av been finding Shakepeare a big issue. I desire to av extra time with them in order for them to catch up with rest of the class. then, i intend to study really well for my M.A. finals and qualify for a P.H.D

saharm | Student

for new year my goal is to got my B.A. with good grade and try to get my scholarship to go to Canada for higher education.another is to find a better institute for teaching and earn more money.but the most important is to read all the novels and dramas i need for M.A. test and improve my knowledge.