Do you use seating charts in your classroom? Thinking about trying something new…
Anonymous said: Hi! I am starting my first year as a 6th grade teacher on Wednesday! Do you have any advice? :)
A few thoughts…
- Spend some time building a classroom community (i.e. don’t just jump into curriculum)
- Create classroom expectations together
- The transition from elementary to middle school is huge so help your kiddos out whenever possible
- Establish routines and stick to them, kids do better when they know what to expect
- Don’t say something you can’t follow through on
- Read “Teaching with Love and Logic”
- Find a teacher buddy in the building
- Beg, borrow, and steal curriculum
- Contact parents with good news about their kiddo early. I try and contact at least one parent every day.
- Ask for help!
- Make friends with the secretaries, lunch ladies, and custodians
- Don’t gossip. Seriously, teachers are the worst!
- Have a sense of humor, kids are funny and weird
- Leave work at a reasonable hour. There is always more to do but your well being is so so important
- When a kid lashes out at you don’t take it personally, even if they make it personal
- Have fun!
Best of luck this year!
Forgive me for the bullited list, it’s the only way I’m going to get something down!
- I don’t think I can commit to coaching the volleyball team this year with Babyjib at home. It’s just too much time away from my family.
- The new batch of 6th graders seem so so quiet still, most anyway.
- Am still hopeful this year will be better than the last (new admin).
- Feeling much more confident about my APUSH class this year.
- While I’m still lesson pl*nning, revising, rethinking, etc. most nights it doesn’t feel like I’m treading water anymore. I feel like I have more room to breathe. Though, perhaps Babyjib helped me get my priorities straight!
- I find myself waking up earlier and earlier so I can leave work at a reasonable time.
Goodnight all! Hope your first week or weeks have treated you kindly.
Tomorrow is the first day of school for students AND my 30th birthday.
I’ll just leave this here…
EDD: What is the first activity you do with your students on day one of school?
What are you most looking forward to this year? A lesson/unit/kids/colleagues/etc.?
So… I went to a district run pd for all secondary social studies teachers on Tuesday. I saw several teachers from another school proudly wearing shirts that bore their logo and a quote from “Ghandi” on the back.
Guys… it’s Gandhi, not Ghandi!
Gah, so embarrassing. Didn’t want to say something for fear of seeming like an ass. But really…