Sunday, May 8, 2011

Staring a new habit during the final stretch

Depending on your school’s calendar, it is likely that the school year will end for many of us at some point in the next three to five weeks.  In addition, many teachers and administrators are either planning for 2011-2012 or sighing relief to the end of 2010-2011 (or both!).  Most educators, however, are not necessarily looking to try something new in the final few days and weeks of the school year.

I think this is actually a very good time to begin trying something you have been wanting to do, but have not begun.  With roughly three to five weeks left, you have just enough time to start and develop a new habit for your school leadership and/or instruction.  In addition, you can use the summer months to either continue the habit and make any adjustments to your approach based on real experiences.

For example, you have wanted to send weekly positive messages to parents, but the idea got lost in the daily grind of teaching.  Begin now by making the effort to write one or two each day.  After a few weeks, you should find it easier to maintain your schedule.  You will also have had a chance to get any feedback from parents.  This feedback may help to continue this “new” habit is the most effective manner.

Reflection on this school year has hopefully revealed a few areas to address in 2011-2012.  Why wait for the summer to distract you from initiatives that are fresh in your mind now?  Pick an item to begin doing and begin doing it now. 

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