Below are 3 posts for teachers in the Northern Hemisphere that are getting ready to go back to school
As teachers start to think about going back to school, it is important that they have a plan that will enable them to start the year off right.
There are two areas that I always recommend that teachers consider as they begin to think about going back to school.
1. Getting to know your students quickly
I am not talking about just getting to know their names. The faster you can discover your student’s prior knowledge of the subject, what motivates and discourages them, the faster you can connect with them.
There are two tools I recommend to facilitate this:
If you would like a very basic set of questions to ask you can GO HERE
2. Have a clear plan of what you expect from your students.
Focus is a powerful tool. When you are consistent in your expectations, you are able to build your class culture quickly.
The definition of culture is “That’s just we do around here”
When it comes to setting your culture there are three areas you should consider:
- Your classroom management strategy
- Your student engagement and motivation strategy
- Your approach to using technology with your students.
The above three areas form the basis of your class or schools culture. If you get these areas right, the rest of your back to school worries will pretty much take care of themselves.
Do you have a back to school ritual that you like to follow? What do you always do as the first activity to welcome your students back to school?