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  • Preparation is Essential for SuccessFamiliarize yourself with your schools curriculumConsider how you might use your life experiences as powerful lessons with your studentsGet to know your grade-level/departmental colleaguesSubscribe to a professional journal to remain abreast of current issues (Teaching K-8, Curriculum and Teaching)Explore educational websites and attend professional conferencesPurchase plenty of comfortable shoes as your will spend more time on your feet than ever before

  • Develop a Class SyllabusA course syllabus accomplishes the following tasks:- provides evidence of responsible preparation- reduces during the year work by over 50%- communicates expectations to students and parents - places responsibility for success onto the learner

    A course syllabus accomplishes the following tasks:

    - establishes course goals- previews class content- sequences instruction- identifies performance objectives- provides a contract with learners- motivates students- promotes self-monitoring- articulates prior knowledge needed- institutes an evaluation system- serves as first wave of communication

  • Learn Student Names QuicklyFamiliarize yourself with names PRIOR to the first day(read the class roster several time and only focus on last names first)Use student expectation/information surveys that require names (study faces and look at corresponding names as students complete the task)Create any variation of a seating chart help with name recallAsk students to introduce themselves in class (on first day)Read expectation sheets on first night and make associations between names and interests (cover names and see if you can remember them based on the provided information)Immediately before the second class, review the seating chart

  • Maintain Cultural Sync with StudentsGet to know your students and the homes from which they comeUnderstand and appreciate student interests (music, food, traditions)Ascertain their cultural scripts and best means of communication with them and their familiesExplore literature written by Lisa Delpit, Asa Hilliard, James Irvine, and Allan JohnsonFamiliarize yourself with their neighborhoods, friends, and other culturally indicative representations

  • Establish Positive Parental RapportEnsure first contact is positive in natureMaintain open lines of communication- inform parents of class news and events- create a class newsletter and/or webpage- personally invite parents to conferencesInvite parents to experience your teachingSend graded papers/projects home promptlyKeep precise records to share with parents

  • Classroom ManagementGet to know your students, academically and culturallyEstablish and post classroom norms and expectationsObserve consistency in your teachingKnow your subject matter well and plan thoughtful lessonsDevelop authentic relationships with your studentsProvide prompt feedback and positive reinforcement before, during, and after all delivered lessonsRespect the rights of all children in your classroomDifferentiate instruction so that all students may achieve

  • Meaningful Lesson PlansConsider unit lesson design as opposed to daily plansRead Understanding by Design (McTighe & Wiggins, 2005)Take note of the backward design processBegin planning with results in mind and devise tasks to facilitate student attainment of those goalsUnit plans promote contextualization as opposed to isolationAllows students and teacher to begin with the end in mindMakes activities applicable to students lives

  • Be Prepared for EvaluationsAccentuate your classrooms climate by displaying childrens work and encouraging student engagementExpose students to a wide range of collaborative educational activities as learning is a highly social activityStart lessons promptly and transition smoothlyEmploy high level questioning skills to encourage higher order thinking skillsModel, guide, and reinforce all activities for your studentsAlign all lessons with district benchmarks and state standardsAlways provide closure at the conclusion of all lessons

  • Motivating StudentsCreate a business-like, yet welcoming environment

    Praise your students successes

    Use incentives internal and external to drive learning

    Understand your students individual needs

    Strong organizational skills on your behalf can prompt student response to teaching

    Assist students in establishing goals for themselves

    Provide authentic feedback in response to student progress

  • Avoid First Year BurnoutKeep yourself surrounded by positive energy peoplePace yourself!!! Remember, the school year is a marathon, not a sprintContinue pursuing your out-of-work hobbies and interestsRest, exercise, and maintain a healthy dietKeep yourself and your workspace (in school and at home) well organizedMove beyond the bad days and reward yourself for the good ones