A New Year

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by Jen

“Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,

with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” 

Hal Borland

In January many people set goals for the upcoming year. I invite you to think about what the New Year means to you. What will you do differently? What will you continue to do? As you reflect on the first part of the year, what worked? What didn’t work? Who are your students? What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses?


Here are my thoughts on the New Year…


A new outlook on curriculum and exploring how to teach it to your students.

A new commitment to student learning; reflecting on how to reach each student, every day.

A new approach to collaboration and becoming a member of a learning community.

A new promise to think systematically about your practice and learn from experience.

A new enthusiasm to use multiple tools to collect data to inform your instruction.

A new connection to your kids, to your colleagues, to your school, and to your community.

A new perspective on an old approach to teaching and student learning.

A new belief in your ability to positively impact students, teachers and parents.

A new attitude that each day presents opportunities and challenges that you control.

A new beginning for you and your students to discover and learn from one another.

A new occasion to rise above the little things that consume our time and energy.


What are your thoughts?


Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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