When you think about your students, do you find yourself naturally putting them into categories? There’s the sharp ones, the creative ones, the disruptive ones, the ones with attitude problems, the ones with academic struggles, etc….
None of us like dealing with discipline issues. It’s just not fun, and it’s certainly not why we decided to be teachers. But, none the less, it certainly comes with the territory.
Some teachers, in an effort to get their students to like them, fail to deal with classroom management and discipline issues that arise. Others, in an effort to get their students to respect them, decide to lay down the law.
Procedures are perhaps one of the most important aspect of a classroom as they help it run efficiently, give the students a sense of confidence and security, and help to prevent discipline issues. But whether it’s the first week of school or the middle of the year, how you teach your students your procedures will have a huge impact on how successful they are.
The bell rings and the students come pouring in to the first day of school. Excitement and a bit of chaos fill the air as well as some nervous anticipation – not just from the students but also from the teachers.
As I prepared for my first year of teaching, I was extremely excited. In fact, excited barely does my feelings justice. I just couldn’t wait. I’d be dying to teach for as long as I could remember. So I got my room ready, prepared my lesson plans, and couldn’t wait for the kiddos to show up.
Getting your room ready for the school year can be extremely exciting. It’s also a whole lot of work. There are books to prepare, desks to arrange, decorations to create……The list seems never-ending.
Yes, it’s that time already – time to start thinking about going back to school. I know your emotions are ranging all the way from “I’m so excited to start a new year” to “Are you kidding me summer’s almost over?” So while you should definitely enjoy the time you have before school starts, I also want to help you start getting your brain in gear to have the best start of school yet.
As many of you know, when I gave birth to my son almost two years ago, I stepped away from the classroom to stay home and raise him (and his soon-to arrive sister!) I know that God wanted me to stop teaching and that He has a special plan for this season of my life. But God’s plans are not the same for everyone. I’ve recently met Elizabeth Chapman who blogs at Teaching Sam and Scout. Her situation is similar to mine in that she is also raising her young son. Yet, she felt led to continue teaching through this season. Today we are pleased to exchange posts to provide both perspectives to our readers. You can read my thoughts on why I chose to stay home here (and for more of my story, check out my post Yes, You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom (Even If You Don’t Think You Can Afford It.)
Should spelling count?
Every teacher has asked themselves this question – and heard its cousin question “Does spelling count?” from students about a million times a year.