My classroom is really energetic and silly, but it only works because we also have structure and routine. These routines allow me to cut down on transition time and redirection, giving us more time for learning and fun! If I ever forget to do one of the items below, my students always remind me because kids feel safer when they know what to expect! Here are 5 things we do every day.
Teaching can be a very isolating job at times. Depending on the culture of your school or what you teach, you may go an entire day without talking to another adult. Here are some tips for navigating those ever-tricky workplace dynamics. They may sound like common sense, but you'd be surprised how often these suggestions are overlooked.
As a brand new teacher, you are probably armed with lots of templates and formats for writing formal lesson plans that you turned into your professors. You probably learned about backwards design and the UBD lesson planning process. Well, these are great tools, but as a first year teacher, you're probably not going to use them. At least, not the way they are intended to be used. As a first year teacher, your main goal is to stay one step ahead of your students and keep your head above water. And that's OK!! There is sooooo much to learn, that you can't possibly plan for it all and put it into a nice neat package.
Tip # 1: Be kind to yourself
You are in a new job, in a new environment, with new people, and a new curriculum. You're not going to be perfect and nobody (other than yourself) expects you to be!
Tip # 2: Don't over-plan your lessons
This may seem counterintuitive, so give me a second to explain.