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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

Teacher Tips for Back to School 2013

20 Aug

 

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With the first day of school fast approaching we educators are extremely busy trying to prepare for the New Year, organizing our classrooms, attending meetings and churning out engaging lessons. Our students are anxious for knowledge and we don’t want to let them down. Not only do I plan to start the New Year right, but I also plan to keep the momentum going throughout the year with the following proven techniques.

1.  Education is not just for children– It is imperative as educators that we become life-long learners. Every year new initiatives are promoted in an enthusiastic attempt to reach our students, especially in the area of technology. Attend as many staff developments as possible to keep up with the latest educational trends and subscribe to social media that allows you access to constant information.

2. Try different things– Think about all of the things that have consistently worked for you and refine them if need be, but, also think of one thing or way of doing something that did not work so well for you last year and come up with a specific plan to change that process and try something new. Many times we keep the same processes despite the fact that they may not work most efficiently for us because they’re comfortable. Good is not always comfortable, just think of a pair of cute, new shoes!

3.  Preparation, preparation, preparation– Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare. Lay out a game plan, regularly, so that you will be prepared when your students walk through the door on the first day and every day after. Preparation will help to ensure a smooth, fun and educational year.

4.  Take care of yourself- Build your decompression activity into your daily schedule. Whatever it is that relaxes you, whether it’s yoga, running, baking, cleaning, (I wish I had this problem) etc find time to do it regularly. Your students take their cues from you and whatever attitude you bring into the classroom will be reflected by your students so make sure that it is a good and healthy one.

These are just some of the techniques that I use throughout the year to keep me on track. What activities, routines and techniques keep you on track?

Toshila Darjean

@5StarStudents

 

Welcome to 5 Star Student!

16 Aug

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Welcome to 5 Star Student! My name is Toshila Darjean and I decided to start this blog in order share my experiences as an educator and as a mother in hopes that I can create a forum in which the sharing of my ideas, knowledge and experiences may be of assistance to parents, teachers and others for the benefit of our children.

The name 5 Star Student holds significance because I agree with modern educational standards that suggest that children need the positive influence and encouragement of parents, themselves, administrators, teachers and the community in order to become well-rounded, productive adults that have the ability to contribute back to society. Each of the 5 components is essential to our children’s success not only in school, but also in life.

Come back and check out my weekly posts and share your ideas and thoughts as well!

Toshila Darjean

@5StarStudents