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People have made New Year's Resolutions for a long time. The earliest record of New Year’s Resolutions being made was in Babylon in the year 2000 BC.

So, let me propose some appropriate New Year's Resolutions for a Mathematics Teacher?

First, the expected New Year's Resolutions:

  • I will believe that all my students can learn mathematics.
  • I will try to help my students connect their school mathematics to their non-school world.
  • I will use multiple assessment techniques to ensure that my students can both do and understand mathematics.
  • I will....
And some unexpected, but just as important, New Year's Resolutions:
  • I will dare to say "I am a math teacher" in conversations at a party.
  • I will buy a recreational problem book and try to solve a new mathematics problem each day.
  • I will learn some new mathematics myself, either in a known area of weakness or in a new area of interest.