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Growing Pains: Adjusting to the new year

3 Aug

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After being an educator for many years we can sometimes get in a cynical space. We think we know everything there is to know about our professions, then we get a new administrator or a new group of students and suddenly we’re discombobulated, not because those folks are completely out of whack, but because they are different and do things in a way to which we are not accustomed. We feel uncomfortable and trapped in our own classrooms or buildings. These are the “Growing Pains.” At first it seems like a hindrance, what we’re doing is no longer working, it’s no longer changing student behavior, it’s no longer moving the needle on your scores, it’s no longer part of the changing culture of your campus. In actuality these situations are opportunities to learn innovative ways of doing things and to better ourselves. Similar to the feelings in childhood when your body is pained from its growth and change, we tolerate the pain because we know that on the other side is a stronger, better person. Here are some tips to reduce your “Growing Pains”:

  1. Seek clarity – If you don’t understand a change, ask targeted questions about it, not to poke holes in its perceived necessity, but to truly try and gain an understanding of the purpose.
  2. Adjust softly – Take a step back and allow the change to happen, you may grow to love the new ways. Pick your battles.
  3. Focus on building relationships– When we take a deeper interest in our co-workers and students we can get a deeper understanding of not just what they are doing but why, we can better understand their perspective and as a result communicate more successfully to make sure that the transition and growth benefits everyone involved.

If you are experiencing “Growing Pains,” stay confident that once you reach the other side of that obstacle you will find that you have grown, professionally and emotionally. Seek to understand the purpose of certain changes, find a piece of it that you believe in, grab it and run with it. You got this!

Toshila Darjean

@5starstudents

5starstudents.com

Communication is Key

20 Oct

 

Communication is Key

 

For any relationship to work there must be communication. In education, the relationship that parents have with their child’s teachers and administrators can make or break the connection with the student. Because parents trust schools with their children, 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. It is imperative that schools have an open line of communication with their parents and stakeholders.

Here are five ways to create continuous communication with your parents:

  1. Introduce yourself at the beginning of the year– I know that this can be  long and tedious for teachers at the upper levels, but the first impression is the lasting one. Call or email your parents to enlighten them about what they and their child should expect throughout the year.
  2. Create a Class Website– This will keep your parents in the loop about everything taking place in your class. No parent wants find out on Tuesday that “Math Night” is on Wednesday. The more you keep your parents informed, the more likely they are to participate and communicate.
  3. Make Positive Phone Calls– Parents have become accustomed to receiving phone calls from their child’s school with dread because it seems the call always brings bad news. Make it a point to call and give good and positive news. This will not only boost students’ self-esteem, but the parent will feel a sense of pride in the job they are doing with their children.
  4. Spotlight Nights– Have each department display their students work for parents to come to the school to review. Parents are always amazed at their student’s creativity and accomplishments. This also lets parents know that you want them on your campus to help support the vision of the school.
  5. Remind101– Have all of your parents subscribe to Remind101, to ensure they are receiving day-to-day information on school happenings.

With the parents, teachers, administrators, and students working together, anything is possible.  Keep your parents in the loop and make them feel welcome on your campus, the community spirit will spill over into your halls and success will be inevitable! Parents want to know how their students are doing and what they can do to help, open that line of communication and become a team.

Toshila M. Darjean

@5starstudents