Approaching a new school year can be exciting, nerve-wracking, and hectic for many teachers. Even during time off, most instructors are looking for new ways to improve their existing course. Whether you are new to teaching, are looking for creative ways to tap into your students’ talents, or are in the middle of integrating new technology into your classroom, we’ve got 5 Back to School Tips just for you!
Astute teachers listen to their students and are able to make adjustments to their lesson plans when necessary. Think about the previous year and reflect on your successes and challenges. What worked and what didn’t? Consider your students’ workload and your turnaround time for grading and returning assignments. Is there anything you would change? As a teacher, you know that no two classes will ever be the same. Take some time over the summer to reflect and make improvements on your lesson plans so that you are meeting both your goals as a teacher and the required outcomes of your course.
After you’ve done some reflection, pick a few lessons to modify. Great teachers are constantly looking for creative approaches and ideas for their classroom, but it’s important to remember to rely on your own experiences, both good and bad, to guide your overall approach. When revising, remember you always want to focus on your end goal. What is your theme? What do you want your students to learn? What state and national standards are you up against? What does your district require? What do you want the biggest takeaway to be from your course as a whole?
A professor once told me that teachers are forever learners and I can see how this remains true today. Not only do you have to maintain your expertise in the field you teach, it’s also imperative to stay up to date with current events. You can always learn more about the topics you teach by reading some of the latest publications related to your course. Doing this might also plant the seed for your next new lesson!
Stay Informed About Your Profession.
Follow the news and stay on top of what’s happening within education. Today’s legislative acts could very well mark tremendous changes in tomorrow’s classroom, so make sure you stay informed!
Expand Your Horizons.
Summer breaks are a great time for refreshment and renewal. Although you are preparing for the new academic year, try to do something for yourself. Consider taking up a new hobby or learning a new skill. You never know, your new hobby may be the very thing that connects you with a student in the upcoming year!