Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Top 10 Teacher Tips Linky

Although most of us here in the U.S. have started our school year well over four months ago, Aussie teachers are getting ready to go back for a new year.  It's great to share advice for novice teachers and also inspire veteran teachers to try new things.
Thanks Lauren from Love, Laughter, and Learning in Prep for hosting this fun linky. Here are my top 10:

1.  Top Tip for Classroom Organization
Don't only organize your files and resources but also make everything organized for your students! This helps them know exactly where to put and retrieve their papers, books, supplies, etc. Labels and pictures of where things go, help for smooth transitions and a neater classroom! It also encourages students become more independent.

2. Top Tip for Behavior Management
Be consistent and don't become a yeller... easier said than done, but find other ways to talk to your students at an appropriate tone. Students should know what is expected of them and what the consequences are. Remind students what the desired behavior is, by pointing out others who are behaving. You do not want to become a teacher who is known as a "yeller", so be sure to find other ways to communicate to your students.

3. Top Tip for Being a Team Player
The one I have struggled with is asking others for help. As a Chair of two committees, I sometimes overwhelm myself by stretching myself in too many directions due to feeling that I will burden others when I ask for help. I realized over the last couple of months that in order to keep sane, it is necessary to! Usually, others are very willing to help, especially the areas they are strong in! 

4. Top Tip for Time Management
Write down your class schedule each day for yourself and your students. If needed, set a timer. SMART notebook has cute timers for the SMART board.

5. Top Tip for Engaging Students
Be innovative! Keep things new and fun... such as hands-on activities and activities that allow your students to move throughout the classroom! Find, make, or purchase resources that make a great addition to your students workbooks.

6. Top Tip for Getting Along with Parents
Communicate with parents and highlight the GOOD not just the bad! Sending e-mails and making calls about areas of strength and growth, go a long way!

7. Top Tip for Teacher Fashion
Wear comfortable shoes, and add accessories to jazz up an outfit! High-heels may be adorable, but you don't want to be the teacher who is sitting down all day because your toes can't take it anymore! As Brooke from Teachable Moments stated, flats are a common favorite! My personal accessory favorites are chunky necklaces and scarfs!

8. Top Tip for Bargain Hunting
Dollar stores, Target's dollar section, and garage sales! 

9. Top Tip for Eating Well at School
Have healthy snacks in your closet or desk, to help avoid all the yummy treats others bring in! 

10. Top Tip for Staying Sane
Have reasonable expectations for yourself. I think all teachers are multitask-ers, but try not to take on too much at one time. I think by doing this, we are more successful in the areas/things we are working on.

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