Today I want to share with you one of those major aha moments.
This is that moment in my teaching that changed everything..
When I started to apply this philosophy to my teaching it was like a little Fairy Godmother had come into my classroom one night and sprinkled her fairy dust all around., it was magical
Here is what I did.
The only perception that we have control over is our own.
Have you ever finished a sentence like this before?
•It’s the parents fault because….
•They didn’t teach them how to…
•The parents don’t care what…
Or have you ever gone to a co-worker and asked for advice only to get…
•Oh boy, I had that child last year, there is nothing you can do to fix….
•______ just doesn’t want to try, there is nothing you can do about that.
As long as you continue to blame others around you for bad classroom management and children’s bad behaviors that are outside of the classroom, you will be frustrated, angry and you will get a bad case of the burnouts.
So instead change your perception about what is happening with your classroom and the children in it.
That how you perceive the children will influence your attitude, and can effect those around you.
As you encounter various circumstances, do you perceive solutions and success or do you envision problems and failure?
The way in which you perceive your world also impacts your general emotional state.
Teachers who perceive success for their students are likely to be fulfilled with their work and the accomplishments of their students.
Teachers who perceive their students as lacking tend to be frustrated and unsure of their students skills.
A teacher with a positive perception has a tendency to thrive and in turn so do their students.
A teacher with a negative perception tends to struggle and in turn, their students struggle with them.
The bottom line is that you can control your perception.
If a child doesn’t know how to peddle a bike we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to catch a ball we teach.
If a child doesn’t know haw to read we teach.
If a child doesn’t how to swim we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we….teach?
We…blame or we teach?
If you’re not happy with your classroom management or the direction of your teaching or the circumstances in your classroom, the first place to look is your perception.
•Children want to learn
•We can all learn something new
•You can make a difference in the four walls of your classroom
•You will feel in control of your own classroom
•Your students will be respectful, responsible and happy members of your classroom
It is that time of the year again, where we wrap up one school year and start looking towards planning the next school year.
With the Teachers Dream Planner comes everything a teacher could need to get organized and ready for another school year.
Start by picking a cover - there are 14 different styles to choose from!
Customize your planning experience with over 28 printable page templates.
Don't want to forget a holiday or special event this year? We have them all mapped out for you on the Holiday and Dates to Remember page.
Map out the school year with Plan at a Glance. This section will be your go-to page each week as you write out your weekly lesson plans.
There is NO wasted space this year, each month has a note sections for the to-do lists that we all have.
This years calendars are available in two styles, both options start June 2016 and end December 2017.
If you enjoy the convenience of planning ahead during the summer, then we have a 19 month calendar option that is ideal for you.
Does your schedule require coordinating with others, you can map out everyone's ideas and tie them into your weekly lesson plans with the plan idea page.
Do you like to add more details to your plans? Then the daily planner is perfect for you.
Here are even more printable that are included.
The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and we are already making our must do bucket list for the summer,
There are 8 things you can do before you close the doors behind you, that will allow you to rest and enjoy your summer and come back to school refreshed and ready to go.
Are you ready to hear about that list?
Here are my 8 “Must-Do” tips for the end of the school year.
Once assessments are finished I like to find a peaceful place to reflect on all the successes and all the flops that occurred throughout the year. I begin by just writing about all the thing that I loved about the school year and all those funny moments that make you love to do what you do. Next I make two different list procedures and routines, I make note of which ones worked and ones that need to be reworked or put in the don’t do again pile. The last list I make is what the children were interested in over the last year. This process helps me develop a meaningful plan for the follow year.
Use the reflect notes to help guide you through the yearlong planning process. Start with your list of procedures that you want to teach, then move onto lessons based on children’s interest. If your district already has the new calendar for when things are due like assessments, progress reports and parent teacher conferences put those dates in your planning calendar to help you with the planning process. There is no better feeling than walking out on the last day knowing that you already have a road map for the new year.
Communication folders throughout the year can sometime be a little overwhelming, but if you prepare them before the end of the year it will take some of that pressure off. Make copies of your first few weeks of communications folders. Fill each folder with the first week of communications, then all you will need to do when you return is add your student’s names to each folder.
Send home your communication folders one last time with summer activity calendars.
Assessments begin the minute children walk through the doors. Be prepared by having your assessment binder ready to go.
I like to set up my assessment binder with sheet protectors and small group tabs.
Now all I will need to do is add names and away I go.
As part of the assessment process collecting sample work is the best practice. If you have ever collected work samples before you know that they can start piling up fast. Begging prepared right from the start at the beginning of the year will help you keep those piles at a minimum. As your bulletin boards come down and the last of the sample work goes into the children’s portfolios to take home at the end of the school year. Restock your portfolio supplies at the end of the year and prepare your new portfolios for the new year.
Parent Orientation Packets
Parent orientation on or before the first day of school, so why wait tell then to prepare your packets. Have them ready to go before you even leave. That will be one less thing that you will need to worry about over summer break.
Make one last trip to the copy machine, you will be glad you did. If you are hesitant to make those copies now remember what the line of teachers at copy machine looks like during the back to school rush. Here is a list of what you can copy to make back to school a breeze.
Assessment Data Sheets
August Communication Folders
Summer Activity Calendars
Parent Orientation Packets
August and September Draw Person
By doing this one simple task before school ends, you will shave off hours during your classroom set up.
One last thing before you close your doors and walk off into the sunset. Make an inventory list of all the classroom supplies that you already have, this way when the back to school sale happen you know exactly what you need. The best thing about doing this is that you will be able to close the door on your supply cabinet next year.
When doing these 8-simple ends of the year tips you will be less stressed at the beginning of the new school year. You will walk out the door for summer break ready to relax and enjoy some much need time off.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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