How lucky we were to spend this glorious fall day together! The feedback was terrific...and we universally received top marks from the 24 participants who handed back their forms. Thank you also to the Alumni Office for providing a delicious brunch for all of us.
Seeing and hearing the similarities and the differences from teachers who taught elementary, middle school and high school was fascinating. What incredible work teachers do every day of your lives.
The enthusiastic participants left with ideas and strategies that made sense, which was the goal.
Here are some of the insights:
What was one new idea or insight you found useful from today?
Modeling steps will be very helpful to me.
It pays to be organized.
Bathroom tags, name tags, seating issues---explicit structure helps students know what to do no matter what the grade or level.
Visiting other classrooms and collaborating with other new teachers is really helpful
Saying "thank you.," or "I noticed," and not "I like" or I love..." helps students work for themselves.
Slowing down and teaching modeling about what seems to be obvious, but maybe isn't to students no matter what the grade. They shouldn't have to guess what's in my mind or guess about what I think is success. It should be explicit.
Power of words cannot be underestimated. Being very mindful of my speech is a goal.
I need to remember: I need to thinking and try to do my best and then let it go and remember to stay happy outside of school, too.
Movement activities are terrific for transitions, especially number shake downs.
Explicit modeling of behavior helps all children be successful.
Colored behavior cards and "secret language" for the challenging child makes a difference.
It's worth it to play to your students strengths.
Breathe, do what you can. Set goals for carving out a personal life and work towards it.
Make time to meet with colleagues to share ideas.
Use of responsive classroom techniques really helps with developing community and presenting techniques for behavior management.
I appreciate the insight about the kids not needing to please me. The language used should be to get them to do the best for themselves.
Visuals around the classroom helps students remember expectations and routines.