One thing I have always loved about January is the sense of new beginning it brings. We get a fresh new month in a fresh new year to start again. I've never had much success with setting resolutions but it's still a good time to think about how to make the most of the new opportunity that a new year represents.
In addition to the beginning of a new year, January brings us here at MCW th beginning of a new semester. Towards the middle of the month, teachers will issue final grades for first semester and second semester will begin. We all get another fresh start.
No matter how the first semester went for your children, we all get to start over again in a new semester. Listening to instructions, asking questions, completing assignments, and regular studying are great habits to start or continue.
Learning is a messy and sometimes hard process. It often involves failure as we try something, realize it wasn't right, reflect on what didn't work, and try something different until we find an answer that works. Different people have different timelines for that process and that is totally normal. Also, we're all constantly in that learning process, whether we're a student or an adult. We are all learners learning new things everyday.
If I was to make a New Year's Resolution, it would be that I will be more patient with people who are learning - including myself. If the challenges of the first part of our school year taught me anything, it's that I'm not capable of perfection especially when in the early stages of the learning process. We all make mistakes but we can learn the lessons they have to teach us and be better.
May we all make the most of the second chances we are given!