Going back to school is a nerve-wrecking time for everyone – including teachers! It is a brand new start; a chance to do things differently and establish a new routine.
Úna Buckley, dyslexic tutor, assessor and founder of Blossom 4 Life shares some suggestions:
1. Prepare Your Classroom
Set up your classroom in an organized and inviting manner.
Create designated spaces for different activities like reading corners, group work areas, and a teacher’s desk.
2. Plan Engaging Icebreakers
Start the year with icebreaker activities to help students get to know each other.
Icebreakers can also serve as an opportunity for you to learn about your students interests and personalities.
3. Establish Clear Expectations
Decorate your classroom with positive and motivational posters.
Make sure students feel comfortable and safe in the classroom.
5. Build Relationships
Get to know your students as individuals. Learn about their interests, strengths, and challenges.
Establish a rapport with parents or guardians by holding an open house or sending welcome letters.
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6. Plan Engaging Lessons
Prepare a variety of engaging lessons that cater to different learning styles.
Incorporate interactive activities, group discussions, and hands-on projects.
7. Differentiate Instruction
Recognise that students have diverse learning needs. Differentiate your instruction to accommodate various learning abilities.
8. Set Goals Together
Collaboratively set academic and personal goals with your students.
Regularly revisit these goals and track progress throughout the school year.
9. Communicate Effectively
Maintain open communication with parents or guardians. Provide updates on student progress and upcoming events.
10. Use Technology Wisely
Integrate technology tools that enhance learning and engagement.
Ensure students are familiar with any online platforms or tools you plan to use.
11. Promote a Growth Mindset
Encourage a growth mindset by emphasizing the importance of effort, persistence, and learning from mistakes.
12. Offer Support
Identify students who might need extra support and plan interventions or accommodations as needed.
13. Provide Clear Feedback
Give constructive feedback on assignments and assessments. Focus on specific areas for improvement.
14. Celebrate Achievements
Acknowledge and celebrate both academic and personal achievements of your students.
Remember to take care of yourself. Teaching can be demanding, so make sure to allocate time for your own well-being.
16. Professional Development
Stay up-to-date with the latest teaching methods and educational research through workshops, seminars, and conferences.
17. Collaborate with Colleagues
Collaborate with other teachers to share ideas, resources, and strategies for effective teaching.
18. Flexibility and Adaptability
Be prepared to adapt your plans based on the needs and dynamics of your class.
Remember, the start of the school year is a fresh opportunity to make a positive impact on your students lives. Good luck!
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