New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

I just spent three months renewing my dedication to children while teaching in a Montessori toddler classroom. Based on that transformative experience, I want to suggest, once again, this list of resolutions for teachers (and parents).

  1. Stay positive and loving, come what may.
  2. Listen carefully and try to hear the hidden messages behind words.
  3. Never hold a grudge for anything a child has done.
  4. Keep the boundaries for good behavior firm, but in a loving way.
  5. Praise good behavior more often than saying “don’ts”.
  6. Don’t blame yourself for meltdowns. This skill is an acquired one.
  7. Take time out to study child development.
  8. Take good care of yourself.
  9. Follow the child into amazing landscapes of their minds and hearts.
  10. If you find you don’t really enjoy children, change your profession.

When they hug you, it is a gift from God.

Photograph by Tom Miller

Photograph by Tom Miller