Having an eight-year old opens your eyes to many things, including the emphasis we place on "The New Year." What is it that makes this time so charged and exciting? Is it because we start writing a new year? Is it because we are still on the "holiday high?" Is it simply because as humans we enjoy starting with a clean slate?
Many of the people I know, myself included, have benefited from getting a "do over" moment in life. I cannot claim to have made the best decisions for 100% of my life. Whether it was a chance to redo a test, submit a paper after the due date, start my work shift late when I overslept, pull an all-nighter to submit a work assignment late, or to be able to slide in at the last minute at a performance when I double booked my schedule....I have appreciated getting the opportunity to begin a new day with a new blank "to do" list.
January offers many students and educators the chance to start anew. A large percentage of school districts have completed the first half of the year either right before Winter Break or shortly after getting back to school. This often means new classes, maybe new teachers, and often starting with a perfect grade in classes. With this "do over" opportunity, here are three ways to make the most of the New Year.
1- Replenish binders, writing utensils, backpacks, and other necessary school items
In our house, one of the thrills of the new school year is getting all new school materials: a new lunchbox, a new backpack, new notebooks, new pencils, even new school clothes and shoes. January is a good time to see where you stand on your school supplies.
Check your notebooks
2- Use a planner (paper or electronic) for the rest of the school year
3- Track your stats, contact your teachers
We are at "clean slate" status. Use this time to your advantage. Whether the beginning of the year was great or horrible, now is the time to start anew. Take control of your education and make the rest of this year an awesome experience.