… New Year’s Resolutions?
In a computer science class a few years away, I remember a group of students coming in on the first Monday in January and ask:
Sir, you’re not going to spend the entire class going around the room asking everyone for their New Year’s resolutions like Mrs. XXXXX did, are you?
My first thought was that Mrs. XXXXX mustn’t have done any lesson planning over the break. Anyway, I said “no” to their apparent happiness.
I remember friends having these resolutions as a kid growing up. I never really understood why and always asked “What’s the big deal about January 1 as opposed to any other day?” The answers were always trite – because that’s what you do – often was the most frequent response.
If you pay attention to the media, you’ll note that the first of January is heavy with advertisements for diet plans or gym memberships, attempting to cash in on resolutions. And, like these resolutions, they tend to fade as January progresses.
This year, on Social Media, I noticed a lack of people making New Year’s resolutions. I kind of thought that there might be some sort of viral hashtag but I didn’t notice any.
I did find a couple of things that I would consider close.
- Sheila Stewart did write a post about her resolution – to use Twitter lists more often
- Julie Balen blogged about and encouraged others to participate in the #OneWordONT initiative
How about your thoughts for a Sunday morning?
- Do you believe in and make New Year’s Resolutions?
- If so, do you want to share yours with the class?
- Did your school, perhaps, make a resolution for the new year?
- Do you encourage and ask students about any resolutions they might have made?
- Other than the calendar rollover, does January 1 have any special meaning for you?
- Without a conscious effort, is there something that you did differently in your life for 2018?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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