I hope you are all doing well, and have enjoyed the festive break.
2015 has been a tumultuous year. For me, some of the major education-related points have been:
- I started this blog nine months ago
- I passed my first year of University
- I completed a leadership course
- I met some amazing people, in real life, and through social media (education chats on Twitter are wonderful).
Since we are now at the end of the year, some of you might be making New Year’s resolutions. I thought to share mine on here with you, as they all relate in some way to education or aspirations:
1). Keep maintaining work/ life balance.
A resolution I made for 2015, that will be ever important for my health.
2). Organise work experience.
Another resolution I made for 2015, and one that is necessary if I am to apply for teacher training. I have already done some work experience in schools, but I need to do more (and I love it).
3). Organise a mental health awareness event.
I started making plans for this with some friends at University, and I am determined that we get this done in 2016. We need understanding about mental health (and a variety of other issues).
4). Wear my inspirational necklace every day.
Now, this might seem a bit of a strange resolution, but my parents bought me a beautiful necklace that reminds me to never give up on my dreams. So, in wearing that, there will be at least one positive reminder every day.
5). Keep learning Turkish.
As you may know, I started learning Turkish in the Summer, and I intend to keep learning it. Currently, I listen to Turkish music more often than I actively learn the language, but I received a wonderful Turkish phrasebook/ dictionary at Christmas, which is bound to keep me ever-fascinated.
6). Write my personal statement for teacher training applications.
It is very exciting, and scary, to think that I will be applying for teacher training this year. I look forward to completing this resolution!
7). Keep blogging on education.
Of course! I intend to blog here for many years to come. I’ve met some wonderful educators through it (and through its social media).
8). Do the ‘Thank You/ I Love…’ post on Facebook every week.
This is separate to my blog, but on my personal Facebook a few week ago I decided to start writing a ‘Thank you/ I love…’ status every week, just to show appreciation to the people in my life, and spread some positivity. Everybody deserves recognition.
9). Learn about different faiths, cultures, and languages.
I’ve always been curious about the way people lead their lives, and I like to learn and be open-minded. I will apply for a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course, and when I decided this, I thought to myself, ‘You know, if you’re going to teach the English language, wouldn’t it be interesting if you learnt at least a few words/ phrases of the non-English languages that the people you know speak?’
That’s my New Year’s resolutions. What are yours? I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope you have an amazing 2016!