Beginning a school year is a challenge to all teachers - even the most experienced. In teaching, it seems, there is no shallow end!
Check out the links below the seven ideas below - you might find some of them useful to you.
Business 'guru' Steven Covey advice is to 'begin with the end in mind'. A good idea ( for an individual teacher or staff) is to define the attributes of a great learner that you would like all students to achieve by the end of the year.
This is equally a good idea to discuss with a new class at the beginning of the year. They could be posted in the classroom for reference. In New Zealand they could be part of a class treaty linking the idea to the Treaty of Waitangi if so this might define positive teacher behaviours as well.
Once such attributes/ competencies have been defined then when seen in action students could be given praise. See ideas 6 and 7
Here is what educator John Holt hoped all schools would achieve - it reminds us of how the very young learn before school.
|John Holt - a perceptive educationalist|
Idea number one : what attitudes do students bring with them?
In a few days teachers and students return to school to begin a new year.
One excellent idea is to gather data about students current views on a range of
For some ideas click on this link.
Number two:The power of personal experience/writing.
A good idea is to prepare a small presentation about yourself - students will be extremely curious about their new teacher!
|Value the 'voice' of your students|
Give the a potted history of your life experience and tell them that over the year you will get to know all about them.
To read more click on this link
Idea three: developing a 'growth mindset' through a simple portrait( the research of Carol Dweck)
What are your students' views about their artistic ability?
Do they believe that only some students are born with the ability to draw or that everyone is an artist?
For further information click on this link.
Ideas Four:Observation is an important skill in all areas of learning - all too often students look but don't see.
Close observation encourages a slower pace of work which assists student memory.
Once the skill of observation is in place it can be used throughout the year in all learning areas.
Ideas Five: what talents do your students bring to your class?
|All individuals whose talents weren't recognized at school.|
With the current press in schooling focusing on achievement in literacy and numeracy it is all too easy to overlook the unique talents that students have. An education focused on developing all students talents and gifts also provides students the opportunity to become literate and numerate in meaningful contexts
Idea six:-how do we learn?
|How did you get better at firing arrows?|
Idea seven:Developing a 'stance' as a teacher - ideas of Robert Fried and William Glasser
|Socrates's 'stance' was clear -is yours?|