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Friday, January 03, 2014

New Year's Resolutions!

Last year, at a New Year's party, I resolved to find a teaching job in 2013, preferably overseas. I definitely stuck to that resolution, as I'm coming up to the halfway point of my first teaching job in Dubai, U.A.E.!

I'm hoping that writing down my resolutions on a public forum will help keep me accountable in 2014. Here are the things I would like to work on improving in 2014:


(I am trying to be realistic about my New Year's Resolutions - I am still in my first-year of teaching, so I feel as though drastically resolving to change my teaching methods in some way may be a problematic idea!)

  • Survive my first year of teaching! (Haha - almost halfway there!)
  • Blog more frequently (I have Twitter friends to help keep me accountable!)
  • Be more productive at school during prep periods (try and leave work at work)
  • Continue to try and make long-term plans for all of my classes
  • Cumulate unit plans of what I have covered thus far
  • Continue to interact with my PLN on Twitter and Facebook
  • Continue to engage in Twitter chats (especially #mbedchat and #ibdpchat!)
  • Over the summer, read Teach like a Pirate by Dave Burgess and attempt to incorporate its strategies into my next year of teaching
  • Complete the Computer Science 50 Course from Harvard for which I am currently signed up!
  • Take guitar lessons


  • Read more (and watch less TV!)
  • Continue to try and lead an active life
  • Put myself out there more in Dubai in terms of meeting new people
  • Do more outdoorsy and water activities in Dubai - diving, surfing, SUP, hiking, etc.
  • Buy both a DSLR camera and a GoPro camera and learn how to use them
  • Continue to travel every chance I get
  • Floss more. Seriously.

There you have it! I think the majority of these resolutions are quite realistic and aren't overly drastic! 

I leave you with a picture of the Burj Khalifa that I took at midnight on January 1, 2014! 

Happy New Year's, everyone! What are your New Year's Resolutions? 


  1. Nice post, great set of resolutions and fantastic pic of the Burj Khalifa with fireworks! I hope your first year of teaching ends brilliantly! Keep up the great blogging, Emma - it's one of your resolutions!!! ;-)

  2. Thanks so much, Andy! I love following your blog, and thanks for putting me on your blogroll! :)