Teacher Notepad

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This post is mostly a note to myself, reminding me of concepts, techniques and misc. stuff to keep in my head when I finally get my teaching credential and have a classroom full of kids to teach. I will be adding to this list periodically when the need to add something to the list arises.

– Make sure rules of the classroom are clear. Give the the students some input and responsibility in the rule making process. Create a “Classroom Contract” of agreed upon rules for both of us to sign, Perhaps have the parents / guardian(s) sign this as well.

– Explain skill-sets. Each student that walks into the room carries a unique knowledge base and abilities. One student may have a more complete set of skills / knowledge than another (set “A,B,C,D,F,H”, vs “A,E,G,H,I,J”), but make sure and emphasize that no ones set is by any means complete, even mine. There is always something to learn.

– Which brings us to learning. What is teaching and learning? This is a great first day question to ask the students to clarify the task each of us has in front of us for the year.

Gotta go. Miss Bird is demanding my attention. She is squawking loudly, an ear-piercing screech noise, then reprimanding herself by saying”Not So Loud” very loudly. Too cute.

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