8 Tips to Overcome Student Apathy

8 Tips to Overcome Student Apathy

No matter how hard you try, some days, your students aren’t engaged. There’s no way around it. If there’s a day here and there when a student—or the whole class for that matter—seems out of sorts, don’t be alarmed. They’re kids! However, there could be cause for concern when student apathy becomes the norm—and you are unable to accomplish your collective, class goals.

While there may be deep-rooted and serious reasons behind your students’ disinterest, and getting your students back on track may not be easy, it’s important to employ different strategies based on your class dynamic. Here are eight tips to combat student apathy and regain the interest of your class.

By |November 19th, 2015|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

5 Realistic Expectations to Set for a Substitute

5 Realistic Expectations to Set for a Substitute

At some point during your teaching career, you’ll need to turn control over your classroom to a substitute. You may be sick, have a workshop, or just need a personal day; but no matter what it is that keeps you away from the classroom, you’ll need someone to lead your class while you’re away. (Your students may disagree.)

When handing over the reins of your classroom, it’s appropriate and helpful to set realistic expectations and outline them clearly for the substitute before you leave. You know your substitute won’t be able to step in and continue exactly where you left off, but what is appropriate to ask? Here are five realistic expectations to set for your substitute.

By |November 16th, 2015|General Pop, Teaching Tips|0 Comments|

7 Activities for Giving Thanks in the Classroom

7 Activities for Giving Thanks in the Classroom

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy. –Unknown

While showing gratitude is something we strive for all year long, Thanksgiving provides a special reminder and opportunity for teachers. Below are seven ideas for giving thanks with your students this Thanksgiving.

1. Thanksgiving décor: Create a bulletin board encouraging students to give thanks. One option is to ask students to write down what they are thankful for on a leaf and collect them all together for display. You could also print out blank thank-you cards, and encourage students to write a message to someone they are thankful for.

10 Ways to Build Trust and Investment in Your Advisory

10 Ways to Build Trust and Investment in Your Advisory

Getting students to share their feelings and be invested in their advisory period can be a huge struggle. Many students have had traumatic experiences being vulnerable with peers and adults, and repairing that damaged trust to create a strong advisory culture can take enormous effort. Advisory should be a place where students feel at home, where they are loved and supported without reservation, and, if done right, advisory can be a crucial system of support that carries students throughout all four years of high school.

5 Elegant Ways to Handle Criticism from Your Supervisor and Colleagues

5 Elegant Ways to Handle Criticism from Your Boss and Colleagues

Your teaching career will be messy. You will stumble, flail, and fall flat on your face. But would you believe me if I told you that all of those failed lessons, awkward observations, and uncomfortable conversations are going to make you not only a better teacher, but also a better person?

You may not believe it now, but the way you handle criticism has huge implications for both your teaching career and your personal development. While criticism may not always be welcome, it is always useful. If you keep an open mind, and follow these simple tips for handling criticism, you too will find that sometimes the hardest things to hear are the things most worth listening to.

5 Ways to Calm a Chaotic Classroom

5 Ways to Calm a Chaotic Classroom

At some point during the school year, most teachers have to confront a disorderly classroom.

Whether you began the year with a difficult class, have lost control of your class, or your students are just excitable because of an awesome lesson or activity, there are strategies you can use to immediately regain balance and your sanity.

While you may want to consider re-teaching or creating new classroom procedures and routines that encourage calm behavior and clear expectations, here are five ways you can instantly calm down a chaotic classroom.

4 Ways to Get Back on Track When Your Class Is Talking Over You

What to Do When Your Class Is Talking Over You

Imagine: You have spent several precious hours perfecting what you consider to be a captivating lesson plan for your students. Your handouts and supplies are organized. You may even have practiced in your head one final time in the car on your way to school. It’s show time—except when you open your mouth to deliver your gripping introduction, your class starts talking over you.

Don’t panic! Most of us have been there right along with you, but this situation does raise an important question: What do I do when my class is talking over me?

4 Ways to Be a Better Advocate for Yourself and Your Students

4 ways to advocate for yourself and your students

Before I started teaching, I rarely had to ask for help. I worked hard and researched answers when I came across a challenge, but never in my life have I even felt quite like I was drowning and didn’t even begin to know where to turn. I dislike asking for help and would much rather pretend like everything is okay and try to deal with the difficulties on my own, trying not to burden others with the issues I was having in my classroom and my inability to deal with them. However, instead of successfully taking these problems on, I felt very small, like I was on my own island.