Keep it real – Being a new teacher is like trying to fly an airplane ….while building it! The job description of a teacher is infinite. If you go to bed at night feeling a though your job is never done, you are on the right track.Unrealistic expectations of yourself can give you undue stress.Be realistic, be prepared and always work in the best interest of students.Take care of yourself. As teachers we are so focused on the success of our students, that we sometimes forget to take care of ouselves. We can’t give what we don’t have. So remember to slap on your oxygen mask and breathe.Teachers who are good to themselves will ultimately deliver the best teaching.Ask for help when you are in need…Synonyms for help – Advice, Collegiality, Collaboration, Educational Consulting, Professional Development. – all describe the same thing.There is no way teachers can do it all themselves. This is true for all teachers regardless of their level of experience.
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CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT "Will what I am about to do or say bring me closer to the person with whom I am communicating—or will it push me further away?" Five Questions that will improve your teaching, by Larry Ferlazzo
TEN TIPS…① Build Community② Design a Safe, Friendly,& Well- Managed Classroom Environment③ Include Students in Creating Rules, Norms, Routines & Consequences
HOW? Have students brainstorm characteristics of both a “good” student and a “good” teacher. Collect their responses. Share the most common responses with students (weed out the ones you can’t live with) These characteristics can help to develop rules and guidelines for how the class will run.
TEN TIPS…④ Create a Variety of Communication Channels④ Always Be Calm, Fair & Consistent
CONSISTENCY“We are the authors of what happens in the classroom. Students follow our lead and behave in ways that we unconsciously allow.” From, Conscious Classroom Management, Rick Smith Beconsistent with procedures. When students call out, we need to honour the procedure rather that the content. Get all students actively on task before handling individual conversations with any of them.
CONSISTENCY Stay focused on your topic even as students try to change it. Teaching and re-teaching procedures. Enforcing and following through with consequences. Starting and ending class on time. Welcoming and encouraging students.
RELAXING INTO CONSISTENCY Being consistent doesn’t mean being a robot or machine. It arises out of our caring for our students and caring for their learning. As we combine an open resilient quality with a commitment to teach students content, behaviour, and procedures, we naturally become more consistent without losing our humanity or spontaneity. Conscious classroom management, Rick Smith
⑥ KNOW THE STUDENTS YOU TEACHTake a few minutes to complete the needs inventory sheet. (Restitution Focus)
WHAT ARE SOME REACTIONS OF PEOPLEWHEN FEELING CONFLICTED? Group brainstorm
⑦ ADDRESS CONFLICT QUICKLY & WISELY Tootsie Pop Brain Collapse Conflict 30 Second Interventions
COLLAPSING CONFLICT USING 30 SECONDINTERVENTIONS What is your job right now? What do you need to get started? What can I do to help you so that you can… It looks like you have a problem. What can I do to help you with this? Is what you are doing now helping or hurting the lesson and learning for others? Is this the kind of person/student you want to be? What is our rule? Can you do that?
PROXIMITY Proximity is the best method of ensuring that students are engaged and maximizing learning time. Helps to keep them focused. You can go near inattentive students when they are talking. Remember to move away from them when they are contributing so that the whole group can hear. You can pause in your proximity procedure long enough so that disruptive students don’t just pause- --they stop.
TEN TIPS…⑧ Integrate Positive Classroom Rituals⑨ Keep It Real⑩ Partner with Parents and Guardians
PLEASE ASK FOR HELP….Synonyms for help… Advice Collegiality Collaboration Educational Consulting Professional Development
FINAL THOUGHTS….. What do we believe to be the characteristics of a good teacher?Image from Learn This, http://learnthis.ca/2009/05/6-steps-to-setup-an-effective-brainstorming-session/
HOW ABOUT…. Sometimes makes mistakes Sometimes has bad days Sometimes feels helpless Sometimes feels overwhelmed Sometimes feels stresses Sometimes feels unappreciated