For that same reason, I love the start of each new school year, too. This is a fresh start. My hope is always to be a better teacher than I was the year before. Let's face it. For most of us, there is always room for improvement whether we are a teacher or a student.
Many people make resolutions at the start of the year, but they are usually hard to keep. Lately there has been an alternative to the list of resolutions that seems more successful. The alternative is the "One Word Movement." Concentrating on that word for a year seems more attainable to most of us. Please watch the following video:
I want you to spend some time thinking about what one word could be your inspiration for the coming year. Your first writing of this year will be to write about possible words, why they would be helpful in your life, and your thinking/reflecting process as you narrow it down to the one word you will concentrate on in the school year ahead. Think and write about the ways you want to change or improve. Your one page writing should show the thought that went into your final word choice.
When you come to class tomorrow, be ready to share your word. You will each write your word in your own handwriting on colored paper. Your words will hang over the door of this classroom for the rest of the year. Each time you enter, I hope that you see your word and it reminds you to make that word a reality in your life.
Do you need more inspiration? This is a video of word possibilities set to music.