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5 Things Every 1st Year Teacher Should Know

24 Sep
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My first year of teaching was one of adventurous, wondrous, learning filled, unforgettable experiences. My students were an AMAZING group that not only worked hard, but demonstrated a true passion for learning. I got to know each and every one of these students, not only their classroom identities, but also what their interests were and who they wanted to become.

Each year droves of eager, first-year teachers pile into classrooms ready to change the world one student at a time. Be bold and be enthusiastic young teachers, but also take these tips so that the flame of your passion stays lit for years to come:

  1. Learn your territory:            Get to know as much as you can about your school without forming opinions from others. Make it a point not to listen to everything your peers have to say about your school, students, administrators and parents.
  2. Teach for knowledge:           Focus on teaching the content, rather than teaching to the test. Have fun in your subject and find ways to enrich your students daily.
  3. Know your kids:                    Get to know your students and show them that you are a human that laughs, plays, cries, and makes their success your number one priority. When children know you genuinely care, they will climb mountains for you.
  4. Stay ahead of the game.        Get to know your curriculum through and through and begin planning engaging activities immediately. Never wait until the last minute to create your lesson plans.
  5. Encourage yourself.              Being a teacher and molding young minds into instruments for greatness is an incredibly inspirational and rewarding job, but it’s not easy. If teaching were an easy job, everyone else would do it. At the end of every day, pat yourself on the back, especially on the challenging ones. The challenging days are the days when you have helped someone the most.

I love being and educator and while it can be difficult some days the results are worth each drop of blood, sweat and tears.

Veteran educators: What advice do you have for 1st year teachers?

Toshila Darjean

@5starstudents

Where’s Your Reading Initiative?

24 Aug

Kids reading.

Check out my latest blog, “Where’s Your Reading Initiative?” for author, JeanNicole Rivers, on her website at http://www.jeannicolerivers.com/peopledontread/

Toshila Darjean

@5starstudents

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