School Year Suggestions for Teachers

We hope all you fabulous teachers had a wonderful summer and are ready for a new school year. As all of you remember, it doesn’t take long to be neck high in work and to spend all your waking hours working and thinking about your students. Too often we forget about taking care of ourselves when we get so involved.

In June, we offered some summer suggestions for you. This month we want to offer some ideas for the upcoming school year. Our suggestions are not directly for your students, although we guarantee they will benefit from them!

The suggestions are for you. You deserve it! So take out your pen and write down which suggestions you will commit to and post them on your refrigerator. Go on! Get the pen! Now!

School Year Suggestions for Teachers from ChildSense:

  1. Start your day with a healthy breakfast
  2. Read for pleasure
  3. Walk with a partner on a regular basis
  4. Go out for coffee on Friday morning before work
  5. Go for a monthly massage
  6. Continue or establish an exercise routine
  7. Get a good night sleep
  8. Set a time to leave school at the end of the day and keep to it
  9. Take time to eat a healthy lunch
  10. Write daily affirmations of what you did well each day
  11. Plan team meetings at a site away from school
  12. Smile at your students and enjoy their company

Go ahead and write one more! Write one of your own that will help take care of you. We guarantee that if you take care of yourself you will reap the benefits and so will your students.

Have a wonderful school year.

Jeff and Jon

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July 31, 2011. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

The Myths of the Classroom Community

In the field of education, trends seem to come and go, and certain constructs emerge as the goals for all classrooms. The term CLASSROOM COMMUNITY is just such a construct. College instructors want to teach it, principals want their teachers to create it, and educators want to achieve it. As we’ve been exploring the idea of classroom community for many years, we’ve become aware that there are many MYTHS about it.

One myth we hear about a lot is the idea that a classroom community can be established quickly, especially through the use of some of the following other falsehoods. There is a myth that by using “tools and tricks,” teachers can create a commune-like environment were everyone likes each other and conflicts rarely occur. Some people think that to build such a classroom community, teachers need to possess dynamic personalities to maintain engagement and harmony throughout each day. It’s also untrue that to create a classroom community, students must be easy to manage and eager to learn. Unfortunately, many current classroom management programs promote the idea that by following these ideas and others, classroom community can be achieved.

We believe that building classroom community is a process that requires more than tricks and tools. To teach kids to take responsibility for themselves, for their learning, and for the learning of others involves the creation of a safe environment that promotes success for all students.

We invite readers to submit their own CLASSROOM COMMUNITY MYTHS and their ideas on how to create and foster effective CLASSROOM COMMUNITIES.

July 11, 2011. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.