As we are looking forward to the break, with the opportunity to relax, catch up with family and friends, as well as do things we never have time to do, it is also a perfect opportunity to reflect. While I always make time to recharge with family and friends, I also use the time to reflect on the first half of the year to consider what worked, what didn't, what I can improve in my practice. As you sit back and reflect on your first half of the year take some time to consider your successes and to set goals for the new year.
Attached is an article on the importance of reflection.
This time of year is full of happy moments and holiday cheer; however, as we scurry around to events, buying presents, preparing for festivities, it can also be tiring! Yet, despite how tired we feel, we still have to bring our energy and enthusiasm when our students walk through the door. Research shows that by greeting your students at the door, you can increase student academic engagement. Check out this article I shared earlier this year on the latest research on greeting students with a smile. This week's reflection is to greet your students with a smile or a special greeting every time they walk through your classroom or to take your current greeting's to the next level. Reflect upon how this changes the culture and behaviors when you bring your extra enthusiasm and warmth as they enter.