My first day of school is already next week! I am getting pretty excited about starting another year, but also quite nervous. One thing that has helped me prepare for the first day is to write out a detailed plan of my first lesson. Sometimes I even teach it to an empty classroom, just to […]
Using Preparation to Prevent Management Issues Classroom management is one of the most challenging areas that new teachers face in the classroom. Too many new teachers enter their first year of teaching without extensive time booked in front of the classroom. Management strategies are implemented most skillfully by those who have experience. And so, many […]
Gathering the Attention of Your Students How do you get your student’s attention? Using attention getters can allow you to refocus your student’s attention quickly, without wasting learning time in the classroom. Attention getters are simple, often repeatable, communication techniques used to gather your student’s attention. They should be quick, and different than the regular […]
Learning Starts Before the Bell Students begin walking into your room. What is the first thing they do? The answer might be a bellringer. Bellringers go by many other names, such as openers, journals, or daily work. They are small assignments that students work on as they enter the classroom. This strategy is very effective […]
A quick ready-to-go teaching strategy.