I'm having a bloggy evening. I love watching TV on demand from the States, and especially love that my favourite shows (like The Good Wife, and Revenge) have started up again for the season.
Today I'm linking up with Lauren at Love, Laughter, and Learning in Prep with her Top 10 Tips for New Teachers linky party.
I love finding new blogs, especially ones from my end of the world! Still looking for some more New Zealand bloggers though!!
Any way, we have a few more weeks of summer holidays to go (2 weeks down, 4 weeks to go), and then it's back to school for a new school year. Here are my top ten tips for you (starting back after Christmas/Winter break rather than a whole new year)
1 - Classroom Organisation
Not sure I'm the best one to share this, my room is always a mess! BUT I love playing "Magic Spot" with my kids. When ever there is a mess to clean, and the kids just aren't doing a good enough job, I call out "I have 3 magic spots" and then watch the kids scramble to clean up everything. I know that some people tell their kids as they find them, but I'm a bit meaner, and I tend to fake them out and change the spot up until the class is as tidy as I want. hehe naughty?!
2 - Behaviour Management
Be Consistent. Every year I have to re learn this fact. I wish I wasn't such a slow learner.
3 - Being a Team Player
I hate people who aren't team players. They really annoy me. Just do it! Ok so my tip is to do your own job really well, and then if you have time (some times you will, don't believe those people who say you will NEVER have any time) and just ask what you can do to help.
4 - Time Management
To do lists. Make them, cross them off. I'm a geek, and have to write to do lists of the to do lists I have to write.
5 - Engaging Students
Lots of group work. Lots of short sharp activities. Lots of fun.
6 - Getting along with Parents
Talk to them as often as you can. Call them for the good things, and the not so good things. Follow up when you say you will. Be there in the mornings to talk with them. Be interested in what they have going on in their lives, and then when you need them, they are more likely to be on your side.
7 - Teacher Fashion
Hmmm. Each school will be different, so my advice is to be comfortable. Professional, but comfortable.
8 - Bargain Hunting
I love shopping for my class, but I think I spend more money on my kids than I probably should. If you do want to spend money on your class, set a budget and stick to it. We don't get a huge pay check, so spend your money wisely!
9 - Eating Well at School
Pack your lunch. Simple as that. If you buy your lunch either at the start of the day, or from the canteen, you can be sure that not only will you spend more, but it will not be as healthy. Keep a water bottle handy, and aim to empty it each block.
10 - Staying Sane
I'm a bit crazy, so I'm not sure that I am sane. Laughter is the best medicine at all times though. Laugh, laugh, laugh!!
Head over and share your thoughts on the matter!