I figured I’d give this post a “Texas” welcome. 😉
The last time I made a list of “New Year’s Resolutions” was sophomore year.
I remember going back to school after Winter Break and – in each class – having to write out my New Year’s Resolutions as an assignment. Personally, I think that writing any kind of resolutions should be up to the person themselves, because the things on that list won’t be done unless the person wants to actually do them. I understand teachers want their students to have and set goals for themselves – and to then follow through with those goals – but if they are assigned to us, chances of those things actually happening are slim. Aside from that, resolutions are sometimes personal.
One year, a teacher told us exactly what kind of resolutions to make:
- What do you want to change about yourself?
- What do you want to try?
- What good/bad habits to you want to break?
Sure, some of those things she had us answer were “logical”, but the first one? Why should we have to change ourselves? Why should students have to tell their teachers via a graded assignment what their New Year’s Resolutions are? Even worse – why did the assignments actually have to be read and graded?! Once, I wrote down that I wanted to make more friends and stop being so insecure about myself. The teacher that received the list crossed the two things out, and then wrote out to the side that my resolutions should be “more personal and things I can actually work on”. Whatever happened to teachers having positive attitudes and telling their students to be all they can be, to follow their dreams, etc.?
I promise you and my future students – I will never assign a stupid assignment like this.
When it comes to my own resolutions and doing them with free will, the stupid resolutions never happen! I don’t enjoy planning things like resolutions for myself. I prefer to live life as it comes. I would rather live life spur the moment than have everything planned out for me.