Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tips for Teachers from Teachers

It's not what is poured into a student, but what is planted.

--Linda Conway

  1. Set the pace on the first day, be ready and waiting for them at the door.

  2. Give them and activity to familiarise themselves with the classroom, and set basic ground rules, such as no running.

  3. Set the tone: students have rights and responsibilities, let them know what they are.

  4. Make time for sharing, this helps kids feel special and build a community.

  5. Establish routines. This will require a lot of teacher attention at first, but allow for a smoother year.

  6. Plan transitions between activities to keep students attention.

  7. Establish classroom habits and expectations, e.g. how to work at your desk, how to work in a group and how to participate in circle time.

  8. Establish teams/partners. Sit down with prior teachers if you can to put together good teams that can work together for an extended time. Students can help their teammates.

  9. Teach difficult skills in small groups first.

  10. Recruit parent and community volunteers to partner with your small groups.

Coming up on Thursday: Tips for including the child with special needs

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