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Helpful tips for a first year kindergarten teacher

Apr 25, 2014 10:32am

This is my first year teaching and I will be dual language kindergarten teacher (English and Spanish). What are some helpful tips to help make my first year of teaching successful?

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    • Apr 25, 2014 1:20pm

      Hi Laura-

      With students with varying levels of English proficiency, you should definitely check out the principles for Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a framework to help you design lessons to meet the needs of all your learners. Learn more about UDL here:

      Also, check out Common Core lessons that other teachers have designed so you don't have to start from scratch: Register as a new user and you can view videos of master teachers teaching the Core, download editable lesson plans that are Common Core aligned, and view lists of reputable web sites that will help you align your practice to the Core. There are close to 300,000 lessons on this site, and many are exemplar lessons for the Common Core. This site has hundreds of lessons that are both Common Core aligned and designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning, which allows all students to access rigorous curriculum.

      Author of UDL Now! A Teacher's Monday Morning Guide to Implementing Common Core Standards Using Universal Design for Learning

      • Jun 8, 2014 9:05am

        You'll find so much information out there on this question. Basically, I'd say to simply have a class pet (fish are great!) to both help develop responsibility/empathy and give the nervous students of varying language levels a way to calm themselves down. Also, have a few books that emphasize engaging social lessons ready- both for you to read to them and them to read (or "read"). Choose ones that you love. Have fun and remember to pace yourself. At this age, social is just as important as academic and it's key to a successful implementation of CCSS.

        • Oct 26, 2014 5:17pm

          Hi! I'm also a Kindergarten teacher at a dual language school!
          Two articles that I found to be extremely helpful are, "The Crisis in Kindergarten" and "Before They Read" (if you google them you will find them)
          I refer to these frequently and find them helpful especially in the area of conversation and phonemic awareness.
          Hope this helps and that you are having a great school year!