The Transparent Tech Teacher
Hope this back to school diddy leaves you smiling. Name the movie for extra credit!
My audio clip this week is humorous, not to be confused with taking this assignment as a joke. I'm having a hard time with the idea that school is starting NEXT WEEK! I thought a little humor could be beneficial to us all. Laughter IS the best medicine!
This is a follow up to my previous post, Back to School. Another way to combat the back to school blues is to focus on the coming year and how to make it successful. I've compiled a list of five back to school tips for teachers.
1. Establish Classroom Rules and Be Consistent
This sends a message to students that they can learn self control. Students will never be better behaved than they are on that first day. Take advantage of the time to communicate your expectations for a disciplined, respectful and collaborative classroom. You can always ease off on the discipline as the year progresses, once students see that you mean what you say. It's a lot easier to go from being strict to having more fun with the students, but it's difficult the other way around.
2. Be Prepared
It seems simple, but oh so effective. Arrive early and have the room in order. All supplies needed for the day should be prepared beforehand. Hang a welcome sign on the door, post the schedule on the board, organize desks in a way that will be conducive to learning and have student name tags on desks. This sends a powerful message to students that the teacher knows what she is doing.
3. Establish Routines and Schedules
This sends a message to kids that school is safe and predictable. I teach in a school where teachers and students are always on the go. In my computer lab, we move even faster since we only have 30 minutes together. Having a routine for what students do when they enter my classroom not only saves time but eliminates classroom management issues.
4. Preview the Curriculum
Give students an overview of what they'll be learning in the coming year. This can both build excitement and give students a foundation upon which to orient themselves. It can also ease some of the first day tension students feel.
5. Freezer Meals
This one is just for the teacher! One of the things that can become cumbersome during the school year is the need to take a lunch every day. If you'd like the meal to be satisfying and healthy, you've got even more of a job on your hands. What if you have a freezer full of homemade casseroles to take for lunches? This would definitely ease the burden, leaving more time for other life or teaching tasks.
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