Ten tips for teachers to start the new school year strong
By Natalia Layos, Coach for Educators @Natalialayos
1 Look up information about the school area where you will be teaching. Knowing the regulations will provide you with enough information to meet your school’s expectations and the students you will be working with during the year.
2 Have your class ready before your students arrive. Discard or donate materials that you won’t use during the school year, arrange desks and furniture to meet your teaching style, organize materials to make your class look welcoming, fresh, and organized. Remember, you will be spending many hours of your day there, and you want to feel comfortable in your space.
3 Plan. Map out in a calendar the content that you will be teaching during the school year for every subject you teach. A calendar will give you a close idea of what materials you will need for your lessons and provide you with a timeframe for teaching every topic.
4 Have a solid classroom management plan. Think about what routines, rules, and expectations you will implement in every part of the day. Explain all of them to your students and model them very clearly on the very first day. By doing that, your students will know what you expect from them from the very beginning.
5 Be consistent. If you want to gain your students’ respect, you need to be on time, ready for all your lessons, and always keep your word.
6 Be fair and treat all students with respect. Respect is a two-way street, and it all starts with the leader in the classroom: The teacher.
7 Adapt your lessons to the needs of all your students. That includes your foreign language students and the students that require any curricular modifications. They are part of your class and deserve the best education that you can provide.
8 Make it easy for yourself. Design all your lessons following the same model. One that works very well includes a brief review of the previous content, an introduction of new vocabulary, a teaching model ‘I do, we do, you do’ to teach the latest content, and an exit ticket to measure the success of the new learning.
9 Design your lessons to be exciting and fun! Studies show that when students have fun during learning, they retain the information more effectively and much longer.
10 Have fun teaching! Teaching is a fantastic job that can also be fun. Your students can tell when you enjoy what you do, and they don’t hesitate to join that feeling.
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