I usually start the year with a New Years Resolutions lesson for all of my students throughout January. Hearing my students’ plans and goals for the coming year allows me to really connect with them on a personal level. Something that the teacher/owners in the Smith’s School of English franchise system really enjoy being able to do.
I revise parts of my “resolutions” lesson again in April or May to see if the students are keeping their promises. I must admit that in previous years I have been really surprised to learn how good they are at staying true to their goals. Maybe I shouldn’t use how well I myself can keep resolutions as a benchmark?!
I have felt already that this year teaching English in Japan is going to be better that last. Three of my main goals for the year are:
- To be more organised. I believe that this is most critical to achieving my other goals. Managing and maximising my time at home, work (at my Smith’s Eikaiwa 英会話 Nakamozu and Smith’s Eikaiwa 英会話 Sakai Higashi) and at play.
- Improve my fitness. I will achieve this by joining a tennis club close to my house when the weather warms up in April. Also work on my golf score. One of my students in January gave me a full set of golf clubs!! Sometimes the generosity of my students blows me away! I hope to show my gratitude by one day beating him on the course.
- More domestic travel. I will climb Mt Fuji in July. I will be extending an invitation to all Smith teachers and students to join me. Explore Shikoku (where my parents in law live.). Visit Okinawa during Golden Week in April. Another student who is a travel agent is helping me with the flights.
Now having typed this short soapbox entry, I realise that my students are actively playing a role in each of these resolutions, for which I am truly grateful. After hearing that “improving my English conversation” was high on the priority list of most of my students, I’m glad to be able to help them follow through on their resolutions in return. Quite a nice circle of teamwork don’t you think??
Smith’s School of English Franchise – Sakai Higashi and Nakamozu