Back to school for a teacher is more than just prepping the classroom with school supplies and lesson plans.Heading back into the classroom requires mental and academic preparation. As you prepare for the new school year, consider how to be the best you can be for your students.
Who do you want to be?
Be a well-rested, health conscious person by beginning to increase your bedtime hours from, perhaps, the more lax summer hours and late nights. Think about what you are eating and drinking, focusing on healthy foods to ensure you are well hydrated and feeling your best. Begin to build stamina and increase energy through walking or other forms of exercise you enjoy.
Be a well read, globally conscious person by sharing your current and past readings with your students and asking for theirs. By sharing your thoughts on global issues, you gain their perspectives on what is happening in their world and beyond.
Be interested in your colleagues and students by being fully engaged when asking how their summer was or how they are doing that day. Follow up on topics or areas of interest to show curiosity and to further your own learning. Attend events in which your colleagues or students are involved. Supporting and encouraging outside interests through your presence will go a long way in building meaningful relationships.
Be a supportive communicator to your students and their families. Build a trusting relationship through consistent communication regarding classroom expectations, and areas of new learning and growth for their student. Taking the time to build this rapport allows for a successful conversation when an issue of concern needs to be addressed.
So, who do you want to be?
So, who do you want to be?
- Be healthy.
- Be smart.
- Be interesting and interested.
- Be a communicator.
- Be fun.
- Be yourself.
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This week’s blog post contributor was Julie Yaeger. Julie currently serves as the Vice President/Director of Curriculum at Learners Edge. Prior to joining the Edge, Julie was a middle school Assistant Principal and enjoyed spending time with those quirky 6th through 8th grade students. Julie savors time at her cabin relaxing with her husband and her two dogs.
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