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I will provide a variety of quality works for my students.
I will teach skills that will help students become better readers rather than teaching a text.
I will be an active reader and share personal reading with my students.
I will learn alongside my students.
I will embrace the ambiguity of multiple interpretations of a text instead of one “right answer.”
I will offer reading at times during class just to enjoy the beauty of words and passages without analyzing the text.
I will provide EPIC (experiential, purposeful, imaginative, and collaborative) lessons.
I will allow students to have choice in their reading.
I will teach writing not just assign writing.
I will give quality feedback on content, style, and craft.
I will confer with students about their writing.
I will be involved in the process of student writing.
I will allow students to experiment with personal style in order to find their unique voice.
I will encourage students to take risks in writing.
I will be an active writer and share my writing with students.
I will provide a variety of mentor texts for students to study.
I will embrace the messiness of learning to write.
I will get to know my students and allow them to know me.
I will be intentional about building community in my classroom.
I will advocate for my students.
I will write reference letters, review college essays, and offer guidance in the college admission process.
I will go to games, plays, concerts, hospitals, baptisms, graduations, funerals, and other events that communicate value and worth to students.
I will enjoy my students.
I will speak words of encouragement and life to students.
I will brew coffee for my students.
I will have a life outside of work.
I will be a positive voice in education.
I will be solution-oriented rather than problem focused in education.
I will lead how I prefer to be led.
I will stay current with technology.
I will continue to grow and learn and be a part of a professional community (shout out to my AP Lit Help friends).
I will strive to bring my best daily but accept my limitations.
To these things will I be true in 2017.
Happy New Year!
This post was first published on AP Lit Help a Talks with Teachers site where I serve as editor and regular contributor. You can also find professional writing by me on Edutopia and BAM Radio’s Ed Words or in The Best Lesson Series: Literature and a soon to be published book on writing instruction. If I can ever be of help in your classroom, please let me know; I love to share ideas with other teachers.