You’ve set up your classroom. You know your kids and curriculum. You have the basics down.
Everything is running smoothly, except…
There’s one student who disrupts your class on a regular basis. One student who doesn’t respond to the expectations of the classroom.
The whole situation may have you feeling frustrated and discouraged.
Stop right there.
The first thing you need to realize is that this is not about you.
As personal as some students can seem to make it, your first task is to change your own perspective. Children who misbehave or adolescents who act out are almost always expressing an emotion or a problem that’s just beneath the surface. The key to improving their behavior is to figure out what function that action serves and then address the root of the problem.
So, where do you start?
It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Well, sort of.
Teaching in December can be tricky and sometimes downright difficult. You may find yourself digging deeper and deeper into your bag of tricks. You may need something fresh to keep you and your students on track. You may simply need a break.
You can survive and even thrive in December! Here are four tips to get you through the holiday season.
Over the past four weeks, we’ve been working hard to help you fill up your back-to-school backpacks. Last week we dove into assessment resources and were inspired by the great ideas that were added by the community to our shared Google Doc. Here are a couple of my favorite suggestions:
Give Effective Feedback
The best assessments give useful information to both teachers and students. Sean McCombs shares how he makes sure he’s giving helpful feedback by having students turn in their writing with a “submission sheet,” where students self-assess on a rubric and highlight particular areas where they would like feedback.
At the beginning of the year, assessment may be the furthest thing from your mind. But thinking about it sooner rather than later will pay off in the long run. You need to know what you want kids to learn and how you’ll know if they learned it before designing the lessons that will get you there. We’re going to dive into the assessment resources in our Back-to-School Backpack, but first let’s look back at some of the great class culture resources that were shared in last week’s open Google Doc.
Here at Teaching Channel, we’ve been busy building our Back-to-School Backpack just for you. We’ve been adding to it with ideas you submitted via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #TchTogether, as well as through our open Google Docs. Thanks so much to everyone who’s been participating! This week we’re reflecting on your responses for lesson planning, as well as looking ahead to this week’s call to action: tips and tools for class culture.
First, let’s take a look at some of the resources that were added to last week’s shared Google Doc about lesson planning.
Last week we debuted our back-to-school backpack, with notebooks full of great ideas for the start of the school year. We asked you to share your favorite classroom setup resources and were thrilled with your responses. Before we get into this week’s topic (the all-important lesson planning!), I want to point out some of the great resources that were added to last week’s open Google Doc.
As kids plan for back to school, they (and their families) often think about backpacks. Do I need a new one, or is my old one just fine? How big should it be? How will I make it my own?
For kids going to school for the very first time, getting a backpack is a rite of passage. When you’re ready for your own backpack, you’re ready for your own adventures. You can bring the things you need, and take home what you created and collected throughout the day. While what’s on the outside of a backpack is often about personal style, it’s really about the things students carry inside them, especially the things that are meant for their eyes only. Maybe it’s a secret journal, a book to read in the quiet moments between classes, the small stuffed animal tucked inside an inner compartment just in case it’s needed. And, backpacks often carry brand new supplies that get students excited to go back to school after summer break.
Welcome to Teaching Channel’s very own Back-To-School Backpack. We’ve filled it with four fresh notebooks on subjects we know are important to think about at the start of the school year. While brand new notebooks with blank pages are exciting, it’s also comforting to have some starter ideas. Each notebook contains carefully selected links to related Teaching Channel content that can support you in the back-to-school journey.
Back to school season has arrived and you’re undoubtedly gearing up for the year ahead. Throughout the month of August, Teaching Channel will be sharing tried and true resources to drive your 2015 forward, and social media is going along for the ride!
In addition to the Back-to-School Backpack, Teaching Channel is eager to hear your innovative, creative, and supportive teaching techniques across social media. As we count down the days to the beginning of a new year, we’ll challenge our followers to answer questions, post photos, and share stories of life as a teacher. Use the hashtag #TchTogether on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and win a prize!