Archive for October, 2011

Games and Activities For Those Times That Need Filled

Tuesday, 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 (more…)

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

Sunday, 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 (more…)

How To Learn The Most From A Mentor Teacher

Saturday, 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 (more…)

How To Redirect The Off Task Student

Thursday, 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 (more…)