Jo Brighouse

Make resolutions you can keep for the new year

Setting unrealistic goals in the lazy days of summer can only end in disappointment, says Jo Brighouse

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For most people, new-year resolutions happen in January; but if you’re a teacher, September is where it’s really at.

This will be the year in which every child hits their attainment targets. Your desk will not look like an unlit bonfire. You will photocopy worksheets the day before. Your class will go out on time, leaving behind an empty cloakroom floor. You will fill out forms and remember where you put them. You will track attainment daily and in triplicate. When someone asks for paperwork, you will produce it immediately. Your class will fall silent at the raising of one eyebrow. You will ...

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