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5 Things I Wish I Had Known as a New Teacher Part 2

6. Do you stay late at school trying to make sure your lessons are engaging and that everything is ready. Almost EVERYONE is not working as hard as you. Go home. Keep things simple.

7. Pick one day and go home at contract hours. You may think this is hurting your students, but actually you will be more refreshed if you take some time to take care of your life and yourself. Your body and mind being refreshed will bring enthusiasm to your teaching because you are refreshed.

8. In my many years of teaching I can only remember my lesson plans being requested four times. That is it! Did you fret because you didn’t write the perfect lesson plan? Why? No one will be looking…in fact even if you don’t have one, no one will know but you. Now, I don’t recommend not having plans!! However, if something came up, and you didn’t have time to write one you will be okay. As long as you have an idea of what you are teaching, you will be fine. (Now the only exception to this may be if you are in a high needs school that is being looked at with a fine toothed comb.)

9. Even the nicest parent at the beginning of the year, can turn on you and go crazy at the end because of something that happened right before summer break. Having about one parent do this at the end is normal–most likely it wasn’t something you did.

10. Don’t depend on your school’s retirement plan as your only income when you retire. Put money into other investment opportunities such as a Roth IRA or maybe even rental property. Vanguard funds are great for both long and short term savings I learned about them from another teacher.

5 Things I wish I Had Known as a New Teacher Part 1

1. I wish I had known not to work so hard. It took COVID for me to see that I had let my job absorb nearly my whole life. Taking a step back with the ups and downs of the 2020-2021 school year made it evident that there is more to life than work. I now have an alarm set on my phone so that I am more aware that I need to go home and take care of myself.

2. Look at the pay scale from the bottom. An old wise teacher once told me this. I wish I had done this. Now that I am at the bottom of the scale, of course I am looking at this, but as a new teacher I always looked at the top few levels. This is especially true if you don’t want to move around and work at different school districts.

3. Build up some sick leave, but once you have it built up, if your district offers no incentive, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE SOME TIME OFF FOR YOURSELF! When you are gone you will be replaced easily. For your family you are not easily replaced! Stress is the root of disease in most cases, so love yourself.

4. Every school building has a cow who wears a bell. I have worked in many schools, and most of them had a cow with a bell. The cow makes him or herself valuable. This is the person who helps the administrator out thereby escaping administrative criticism. This person carries influence. Be friendly to the cow even if you don’t like him or her.

5. Your boss has a shiny nickel–the thing that makes him or her say “WOW”. At one of my first jobs the shiny nickel was a pretty bulletin board. To my advantage, I liked making a pretty bulletin board, so I had the shiny nickel and was favored for this and several other reasons. Find out what your principal’s shiny nickel is–ask veteran teachers at your school.

Set Up Your Cooperative Groups by Doing This

Each time I begin a year, we practice these expectations.

Number 1. We talk about how sharing materials could go badly–scattering materials, sharing germs, not everyone’s hand can fit in the container, etc.

Number 2. We practice saying all of these rules several times so that students get accustomed to saying these words and have this tool in their tool chest of ways to interact with peers.

Number 3. I let the students discuss how they will settle a disagreement. Most students arrive at Rock Paper Scissors as being the best way to solve disagreements. Students also say things like that they could talk out whose ideas was the best. I also mention who has the birthday closest to today, who is closer to the floor (shorter), closest to the ceiling (taller).

After we have talked over all of these rules, we practice saying them first thing in class for several class periods. Before long there are very few disagreements or problems among students.

I hope this helps your cooperative groups run more smoothly, too!

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Have You Used These for Grading Pens?

For grading pens there are many options, but I am going to tell you about one I used last year that I wished I had used before–Crayola fine line markers. These worked wonderfully for me to grade creativity tests in which there are so many components. The colors helped me keep track of each test part. Not only are they great for using because of their multiple colors, they are cheap in comparison to other pens. They can also double as colorful note writing pens. I enjoyed these more than flair pens or Vis a Vis although I have used both of those for grading also. I hope you scoop up a few extra packs at back to school season time to last you throughout the year!

What a Great Way to Start the Year!

This is just a quick post to share a lesson idea. I came across this book the other day, picked it up, and read it in Hobby Lobby. I thought it would make a great lesson for back to school. It celebrates students individual talents and gifts. This would be a great ice breaker activity to display the individuality of students in their “Hot Air Balloons”. Students could. build these maybe out of coffee filters OR whatever else you imagine!

Get Outdoors to Teach Angles!

This was one of the last things I did with students last school year. I had them build an angletron which is basically a piece of paper that you have folded into an certain angle so that you don’t have to carry around a protractor. We folded them to the size of the Golden Angle and then went to find Golden Angles in nature outside. In case you don’t know the Golden Angle is 137.5 degrees. This is what makes nature look natural. It is everywhere in nature! This makes for a treasure hunt for kids. Here you can see it matches up perfectly to the veins of an oak tree leaf. I also found a Golden Angle in the way the blades grew in a tall piece of “nut grass” as my mom calls it.

To make this angletron I just folded a piece of paper in half=180 degrees, then folded it again in half to equal 90 degrees. I was then able to fold each bottom side of the 180 degree angle up to meet the center 90 degree crease. This allowed me to count, 45, 45, 45 to get to 135 degrees. This is pretty close to 137, so I just estimated a couple of more degrees to make my angletron. It doesn’t matter that the outside edges aren’t perfect as long as the inside corner is the right number of degrees to measure your angles.

You can GO HERE for a video version of making angletrons.

A fun question to ask students is if the Golden Angle is 137.5 degrees how many degrees are left over in a circle (360 degrees)? The answer is 222.5. Hmmm? Interesting! There is so much to explore with the Golden Angle and Fibonacci sequences in nature! Happy Hunting!

10 Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Rot

  1. Send children outside to collect something. For example, collect, rocks, leaves, flowers, dirt samples. What similarities and differences do you see in each thing?
  2. Grow something that attracts butterflies such as dill and notice what happens as the caterpillars grow. Do they see any caterpillars shedding their skin as they grow?
  3. Go outside with a magnifying glass and look at crawling bugs. Where are they going? Are they carrying anything? Why?
  4. Oldie but a goodie If you have the neighborhood for it, set up a lemonade stand. Have children figure out how much they would have to charge per glass to make money.
  5. Learn some information above your grade level. Parents can sign their children up for Super Teacher Worksheets and either brush up on topics they need some review with or work to learn skills above their grade level.
  6. Look at the sky and find cloud pictures. What do chidden see? Do others see something different?
  7. Draw a picture of your backyard. Now draw a picture of your DREAM backyard. What would you change and why?
  8. For older children, buy some vinegar and baking soda. Discuss chemical reactions and the Periodic Table. Old film canisters and ziplock bags work great for a closed environment to mix the baking soda and vinegar. The pressure will build and “pop”. the kids will get instant smile with pleasure when the chemical reaction explodes. Protective eyewear would probably be best or just stand at a distance.
  9. Teach your dog new tricks. Make videos of these to share with your friends.
  10. My very favorite: Make an angletron like I discussed in the previous post and see how many places you can find the Golden Angle in nature. Here is a printable protractor so you can easily make a Golden Angle measuring tool
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