Despite what some people might know about me, I’m an introvert and as a student, being painfully shy made learning difficult. As a teacher, it’s made me acutely aware that it’s important to support introverts in the classroom. We need to advocate for their needs. Check out some of the ways we support introverts in the classroom.[Read more…] about 3 Ways to Support Introverts in the Classroom
building relationships with students
Some students love to work in groups, while other students prefer to work independently. There are many reasons students should learn to work in groups, but often we find teachers forget to teach the students what that looks like. Students need explicit teaching to understand the different group roles and processes. Here are some activities you can try to help your students get the most out of their group work.[Read more…] about How to Teach Students to Work in Groups
This year is not going to look like any other year, but hopefully, it will look more normal. We created a back to school checklist to think about what might happen this year.
It’s not possible to predict exactly what will happen, because we’ve never been in this situation before. You might be teaching in person, online or some sort of combination of these things. None of this is normal.
You might be teaching a new subject or a new grade level. You might not know anything about what you’ll be doing.
None of it is within your control. So, let’s talk about the things you can control and get ready before you have to go back to school no matter what that looks like.[Read more…] about Your Must-Do Back to School Survival Checklist
Do you like a lighthearted and fun prank? Do you have students that enjoy a good laugh? Are you looking for a way to celebrate April Fool’s Day? We were always struggling with ways to prank our students in a fun and caring way, and we’ve come up with a few great ones over the past few years.
If you have the kind of relationship with your students that everyone can enjoy a lighthearted silly prank, then you’re doing something right. We are very clear with our students about what does or does not make for a good prank.[Read more…] about How to Prank Your Students
Taking time from teaching to get to know your students is worth every second. Although typically you want to spend the first month of school working on building relationships with students, it’s never too late. It is hard to teach students when you don’t know them. It is challenging for students to take risks when they don’t know you. When students feel connected they will give you their best.
Not sure where to start?[Read more…] about How to Build Relationships With Students