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 is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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