Teacher Zen! 10 #BacktoSchool Tips

“The best thing a human being can do is to help another human being know more.” – Charlie Munger

A new school year is here! You are about to meet many new faces. With so many minds to inspire you need to make sure you are prepared. Learning helps our students break generational cycles, lead better quality lives, and make a positive mark on the world. Below, find a slide presentation and 10 tips to equip you and your students for an amazing year!

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Survival Tips

  • Walk in motivated! Walk in believing you can make a difference! Try to avoid burnout.
  • Engage parents! Contact parents first with positive messages about their children so they better receive any negative ones. RemindGAFECel.ly, ClassTagClass Dojo, and Formmule are recommended parent communication tools. Find more great tips here.
  • Change the classroom environment! In The 30 Goals Challenge, I talk about learning stations, makerspaces, and shoeless classrooms.
  • Encourage learners to take part in creating their own learning environment! With IdeaPaint or butcher paper on the walls learners can post inspirational quotes or drawings. Let them design the learning stations, pick out the furniture, create the bulletin board, or design the virtual learning spaces!
  • Be preventative and proactive when it comes to managing your classroom! Try not to punish, strive to discipline with love. Find tips and resources here.
  • Connect with educators online! Personal/ Passionate Learning Networks support, mentor, and inspire you. Click on an education hashtag to begin connecting.
  • Build a teacher survival kit! Teacher kits keep you prepared for never ending hiccups. Learn more here.
  • Cultivate relationships! Check out my icebreakers for children and icebreakers for teens and adults. Find plenty more get to know you activities and digital icebreakers here.
  • Integrate technology effectively! Pedagogy first then technology. Find resources here.
  • Have fun! If your students leave your class knowing learning can be fun then they will continue being curious.

Check out more of my back to school posts here!

Challenge: Try one of these tips to get you ready for the upcoming school year.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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