This week Sara from Miss V's Busy Bees and I are talking all about the Keys to Success in the classroom.
most of the time they want to learn from you, too.
Plan! Over plan and then over plan some more! If there is one thing I have learned over the past 4 years it's to always have something planned. We've all been there... you plan this great lesson and expect for it to last the entire 45 minute time period. But your kids just get it and breeze through it in 25 minutes. Now what? In my experience, idle time leads to disruption. I don't like giving detentions or having to call parents because a child acted out, so I try my best to set my students up for success. If you feel like you don't have time to over plan for every. single. lesson. every. single. day. then try having a designated bin or file box for kids to go to for extra work (or as I call them, "sponge" activities). Have a folder with copies ready to go for each of your subjects. Update the folders every week or two to mirror what you are currently teaching in each class. Just make sure the sponge work is something meaningful to the current course work, and not just something you want students to do to fill their time.
Unless you pop your gum or don't use a turn signal... those are two of my pet peeves, too ;) I say this because we teachers need time to unwind and relax. We need time to unwind and relax a little more than the holidays and summer vacation! I have a rule that I don't take any work home. This doesn't always happen, but I really do try. Weekends?! They're for me... up until Sunday night. I need time mentally and physically to just relax and not think about work. As much as I love my students and teaching, I need some me time. I need family time with my husband and dogs. If I don't take time to relax, I get more easily stressed out and it might start to spiral out of control. My suggestion is to take at least 1 hour every night and just vegetate. Watch the new episode of Once Upon a Time or the Bachelor without grading any tests. Take the time to keep yourself healthy and happy. You and your students will thank you for it!
What tips or keys to success do you follow to be the best teacher you can be?