Ways to Avoid Group Work Disasters

August 1st, 2013

Whether you are the manager of a workplace or if you are the owner of a small business, planning group work projects and assignments can often feel daunting and stressful. There are a few ways you can go about avoiding work group disasters to ensure the flow of workplace is not interrupted and that the morale of your employees rises instead of falling.

Choose Groups Wisely

If you are planning a group project within the workplace, choosing the right groups is essential to keep your coworkers from Read the rest of this entry »

Planning For Success: Creating a Fabulous Lesson Plan

May 29th, 2013

The first day of school is quickly approaching. You have all of the supplies that you need except for the lesson plan. This is the most important thing to have when you walk in the classroom. If you don’t have a plan that will engage the students, then you will probably have a hard time keeping their attention for the rest of the year. Keep the first few lesson plans simple. Make them easy to follow and fun. Let the students interact with each other through partnerships or groups. If they see that they will get to Read the rest of this entry »

Creating Rapport With Students: A First Year Guide

March 28th, 2013

The first year of teaching is considered to be the most challenging no matter what age group you are certified to teach. However, most veteran teachers will tell you that they still look back fondly on that first year. This is because the first year of teaching is when you really begin to build a rapport with your students. By working toward having a good rapport, you will be able to hold your students’ attention while teaching them the lessons they need to know Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching Children the Importance of Home Improvement

October 25th, 2012

As a first grade teaching resource, it might be a little too early to dive into the specifics of home improvement with your kids, but you can certainly brush the surface by talking to them about their aspirations and finding out how many of them want to become homeowners and have families.

Most kids in your classroom have probably seen dad take a hammer to a bit of wood and a couple of them might even know how to use the tools in the shed. Home improvement isn’t an entirely alien concept to your students and it can be beneficial for them to know just what it can entail.

Home improvement covers a lot of different things from physically modifying the space to something like painting a room a certain color. We, as adults, do home improvement projects for a number of different reasons. Sometimes it’s cosmetic like a skylight and sometimes it’s absolutely necessary like putting in a handicap ramp or a railing.

As an educator, it falls on you to introduce children to life lessons like owning and maintaining a home as soon as possible and there are plenty of children’s shows centered on construction and even some real life sites and services like www.homeproimprovement.com/siding that can at least give you an idea of what home improvement can entail so you can develop a lesson plan.

Games and Activities For Those Times That Need Filled

October 11th, 2011

Sometimes in the classroom lesson end early and the teacher has some extra time that needs to be filled. The teacher knows if the student sit around with unstructured time that is when problem occur. There are some activities that are quick and easy to put together to fill that free time.
Crossword puzzles and mad lips are good for just about any age group. Copy some ahead of time and offer student a point or two of extra credit if they complete the activity. Another suggestion Read the rest of this entry »

What Now?: When You Feel You Can’t Keep Teaching

October 9th, 2011

Many first-year teachers experience the feeling that they are in the wrong profession. As a member of the education world, I can honestly say that I went through the same thing after my horrendous first year experience. But don’t end your career without trying some other options. It truly is such a rewarding profession and there is a desperate need for good teachers. If you are a first year teacher, look into programs that might Read the rest of this entry »

How To Learn The Most From A Mentor Teacher

October 8th, 2011

While working with a mentor teacher there are many ways to learn from them. The most important thing to do with a mentor teacher is to ask question. If the teacher does not understand something or needs clarification ask. No question is silly when learning. That is what the mentor is there for. If the teacher does not ask a question they will not find out the answer.
Another way to get the most out of working with a mentor teacher is to ask for feedback. Whether is it delivering a lesson, planning a lesson, or Read the rest of this entry »

How To Redirect The Off Task Student

October 6th, 2011

There are several ways to redirect an off task student. During instruction time walk over the where the student is sitting. The teacher should stand near the student’s desk but not right on top of the student. Just being in close proximity will redirect the student to pay attention. In this instance of verbal redirection or stopping of the lesson is needed.
Another way is redirect an off task student is to ask them a question relating to the lesson. If the student does not know the answer the will realize Read the rest of this entry »