After reading Tyler Rice’s “My Educator’s Oath,” I wanted to create my own. Here are my goals for myself this year!
1. I will treat each student as an individual, unique in her strengths and in her needs. I will avoid making assumptions about her and use my best skills to investigate and understand her.
2. I will seek to encourage all of my students to ask questions and to investigate, to present their ideas and to defend them.
3. I will remember that learning is hard work. I will work on pacing my classes so that there are times of intensity and times of play.
4. I will present new ideas and skills in many different ways so that students have an opportunity to learn them through diverse methods. I will surprise and engage them.
5. I will not assume that something is “easy” until I am sure that every student understands it.
6. I will make sure that there is a purpose to every assignment and every task that I give. I will avoid giving work simply to have something to be done for homework.
7. I will not teach a lesson simply because that is how I did it before. I will evaluate and critique before class, looking for the ways to make each one better.
8. I will identify what the learning is that I want the students to do and will explain it clearly to them before they begin.
9. I will grade assignments as quickly as possible, getting them back in time for the students to learn from their successes and their mistakes.
10. I will share my own love of learning, being open about the challenges and the joys involved in it.
11. I will laugh at my mistakes and never try to hide them from my students. I will apologize when necessary and model a willingness to learn from them and move on.
12. I will not allow myself to become stagnant or complacent. I will spend time each week connecting with other educators, seeking to learn and grow in my own practice.
And a new year starts!