After an amazing weekend with my husband and sister at the zoo, at home, etc. I have to sit here today and stop denying the fact that summer is just about over. There is no way I am ready to head back to work, but here it comes. 7 days. 7 more days of freedom.
I wonder how many other teachers detest going back to work but are equally excited to start a new year and teach new students all at the same time? That’d be me over here!
I’m also wondering how many teachers actually spend their own money on school supplies. I’ve gotten to the point that, unless the product is for me specifically, I’m not purchasing anything for my classroom. Now, that’s not to say my kids want for anything. I teach at a private school where the parents have plenty of money to afford tuition and supplies. Should the time ever come when that circumstance changes, I’m sure I’d rethink things when it comes to spending my money.
Finally, I’m wondering what everyone is hoping to change or improve this year in their classrooms. For me? Here’s a short list:
- I have to go through a teacher training program this year (since last year I was considered a substitute). I’m just praying that I can handle all of the formative lesson plans and essays that I have to do on top of everything else that comes with being a teacher of over 100 kids. Then I realize that I shoved my head into a Masters Degree program during my first full year of teaching; this should be easy! Still, I’m praying that it won’t detract from my ability to improve things with my students.
- I’m hoping to have more of a presence online and incorporate the use of computers into my room a little bit more. While I say this now, I know that I detest computer usage in the classroom because it is impossible to watch all 30 students and make sure they are using it appropriately at all times. So this is a hope, but not necessarily a reality. I’ve put a lot of work into it though and hope that the results will be of a positive nature.
Over the summer, I spent time learning how to use our EChalk website platform in order to better serve my students. Last year I would post our class notes to the webpage so that any absent student could get the notes immediately after class. This turned out to be a negative, because students who were present in class stopped taking notes and started being lazy and not paying much attention at all! This year’s changes bring forth more directions and instructions for absentee students to help them gain the knowledge in their own way. I have embedded videos, given vocabulary lists (undefined), and pointed them to more quick-check questions for each lesson that I plan to teach. I’m excited to see where this change will go!
- I’m going to improve my classroom management. Sure, there are those perfect classes that don’t need any more managing than I am already able to give. Yet there is always at least one group who I feel I have no control of. As a young teacher, I’m hoping this is not my personal fault but my lack of experience. For the new teacher training I’m doing, I’ve been paired up with a mentor from my school who will help me to become better at whatever I feel I need to work on. I immediately told her classroom management, and she has been sending me good resources ever since! Plus I learned a few techniques last spring that I am going to start off with on day one of school. Hopefully that will help as well!
So what are your back-to-school plans this year? Are there any big changes coming your way? I’m always curious to know what you think about the things I write, especially the teaching things. So if you have experience, please share!