Greetings subscribers! As most of you know, I was selected to travel to Botswana on a Fulbright Distinguished Teacher Grant. I’m actually sitting at the airport waiting to get on my flight to Gaborone, Botswana and wanted to spread the word that my second article was just picked up by Smartblogs. Thank you to all of you- my subscribers. I appreciate your ongoing support.
3 Teaching Productivity Maximizing and Stress Minimizing Habits to Start Now: Make 2015 Your Best Teaching Year Ever
Last year, I started developing some beneficial habits at school and I noticed my to-do list was actually getting done during my classroom prep time. The difference in my productivity was astonishing. I was less stressed and more energized. In turn, I found realized I’d achieved a significantly higher degree of engagement during instructional time with my students, creating a true win-win-win solution.
It’s a good idea to do a goal setting lesson or activity every year. Among the most favorable and effective methods for students usually consist of a graphic organizer. The students write out their immediate and long-term goals, including perceived barriers, and how they plan to overcome these challenges. Students especially enjoy writing in these graphic organizers because of the visual element.
The students in our classrooms are together 187 days a year for multiples hours each day. There will be disagreements, minor conflicts and passive aggression. Unfortunately, sometimes a particular class falls off the deep end and the hostility and negativity starts to overtake the content.