Preparing Lesson Plans 

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As a future instructor I like to view lesson plans as road maps. With these “road maps” you see what the students need to learn and how it will be done during the class time. So with that being said your lesson plan needs a starting point and ending  point.

Starting point–  Class Objectives: write out the goals and/or objectives that you have for your students.

Ending point– Conclusion:  Once youve assessed your student, take the time to reflect on the lesson and make future changes. Ask yourself ” What could I have done differently”.

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Road maps also have space between the starting point and the ending point. So in a lesson plan that will be as followed:

Anticipatory Set: Give a brief description on what will be accomplished. Also find out what the student already know using a K-W-L chart. These are graphic organizers that help students organize information before, during and after the lesson.

Introduction: Here you’ll list the materials the student will need to complete the lesson. Also this is the step of the lesson plan where you want to spark the interest of the student.

Procedures: Consist of the actual activities that your student will do along the way.


 

The following websites will help you create and perfect your lesson plans.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/new-teachers-guide-creating-lesson-plans

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/coaching-planning-lesson-planning

 

Preventing Bullying.

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Some people would define bullying as a physical act that harms someone. However bullying doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical act. There are several types of bullying such as the following

  • Physical bullying which includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing.
  • Verbal bullying includes name calling, insults, and teasing.
  • Cyber bullying includes bullying someone using technology. (On social media)
  • Social bullying includes spreading rumors, humiliation, and nasty jokes.

While bullying has a broad range of definition, we as educators need to be aware of all of them and what it looks like in order to prevent it. As well as how students act when they are affected by it. However, the best way to prevent bullying is to stop it before it starts.

The following links are great website showing you how to spot bullying, as well as handle it.

https://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/

http://www.popcenter.org/problems/bullying/

https://nobullying.com/school-bullying/

http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/

Accommodating Disabilities!

Becoming a teacher has always be a dream of mine. Being the perfect role model; seeking to inspire them not just in my classroom but in all aspects of their lives. As a teacher our job is to inspire our students, as well as encourage them to strive for greatness no matter what my be going on. Pushing them in a positive way, so that one day they will see their full potential and become the best they can be. Making sure that they succeed.

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However, in order to do so you the teacher must make sure that you’ve built a strong  foundation for your students. As well as accommodating them and their different learning styles. In your classroom you might even have to accommodate students with disabilities such as: Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, and learning disabilities. In order for these types of student to succeed my most have the appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and modifications set in place.

 

The following are great website to help you accommodate students with disabilities as well was what accommodations need to be made.

http://teaching.monster.com/benefits/articles/2802-how-to-accommodate-students-with-writing-disabilities

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/treatments-approaches/educational-strategies/accommodations-what-they-are-and-how-they-work

Communicating with Parents!

When it come8048253370_3da8eecb4c to communicating with parents it can be extremely challenging, especially for new teachers. Not to mention all of the other stuff that can be extremely frustrating. For example creating lesson plans to fit your student’s needs, managing your classroom, and your students and their behaviors.

So here are a few tips that will make life easier when trying to communicate with your student’s parents.

TIPS 

Tip #1. Create weekly Newsletters– Provide the parent(s) with information about what’s going on in your class, what the students are learning, what they’ve accomplished, what you the teacher are excited about (up coming events), and the learning and growth you’re seeing their child. Also add picture so the parent(s) can see how much their child is having.

Tip #2. Get the parents involved– Invite parents to bring snacks, talk about their profession, etc. You can focus on the diversity within your classroom. A really cool way to get parents involved is a “culture corner”. Each week a parent will have the opportunity to decorate it with stuff pertaining to his or her culture. Also with this the students are learn about the different cultures surrounding them everyday.

The following link is a great website with tips, lessons plan, and resources for teachers, Check it out!

http://www.teachhub.com/parent-teacher-communication-tips

It’s A Girl! Balancing Motherhood and Teaching

Hello World!

On December December 30, 2015 I welcomed my first bundle of joy Naelani Jolie Hamilton weighing 8lb. 13oz.. I never really imagined the joy that my daughter would bring to my life until the day she arrived.

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I always thought I would be one of those teachers who would arrive to school early, work on school stuff all evening, and spend my weekends working on lesson plans, and preparing for the week to come. I am not saying I won’t be that teacher, but its going to be pretty darn challenging with a kid. I am just saying that I will have to find a healthy balance between motherhood and teaching.

I would like to say that teaching has always been a dream of mine. As a little girl I can remember playing “school” with my sister and cousins; I was always the teacher. Even now that I am all grown up, I sometimes find myself help my younger cousins with their homework. So I guess it safe to say that teaching has always been a passion of mine.

I know that it going to be tough balancing the two– from coming home to my daughter and spending quality time bonding and reading to her, to creating fun and creative lesson plans. One day I want to be equally great at being a mother and a teacher, and the following are ways that I believe I can accomplish just that.

GET ORGANIZED!

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Being organized has helped me tremendously this semester when it comes to getting my school work done. I found out when I truly plan ahead it reduces any kind of stress that comes with me trying to meet due dates.

VOLUNTEERS?

Send home a parent volunteer calendar where parents can sign up to come in and help on any day of the week.

LEARN TO SAY NO!

As difficult as it may be not to be a part of all that was happening (after school activities, volunteering for different committees, etc.) , I know that being a good mom to my daughter the most important thing. I have quickly learned that I can not do it all.

USE EVERY MINUTE OF THE DAY!

How often do you find yourself say “In a minute”, or “I will get to it later”  and every other possible excuse in the book? I definitely did this way more than I should have, but I have learned to use my time wisely. When the students are in gym, art, music, or any other extracurricular activity. Spend time doing something productive like grading papers, or preparing lesson plans.

The following link is a community of working mother that have amazing advice and tips.

http://community.babycenter.com/post/a46905877/balancing_teaching_work_and_motherhood

Communication is KEY!

The best way to avoid misunderstandings with parents is to have ongoing communication from the beginning. The more you keep them informed about classroom news and include them in things happening in school, the more they’ll feel like a part of the team.

1. Begin the year by explaining how and when you’ll keep in touch with them.

2. Never feel pressured to make an important decision, evaluation, or assessment during a parent conference or conversation.

3. Let parents know they can trust you.

4. Assure parents that you will inform them immediately about any concerns you might have with regard to their child.

5. When presenting a concern to parents, ALWAYS be ready to explain what strategies you’ve already used to address the issue and what new strategies you are considering.

6. Invite Parents to Participate in Making Some Decisions

7.  Ask Questions about the Child

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/20-tips-developing-positive-relationships-parents-elena-aguilar

http://theparentacademy.dadeschools.net/pdfs/Effective_Communication.pdf

https://thejournal.com/articles/2013/06/11/7-free-apps-for-keeping-parents-and-teachers-connected.aspx

Classroom Management

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Classroom management is a term used by teachers to describe the process of ensuring that classroom lessons run smoothly despite disruptive behavior by students. The term also implies the prevention of disruptive behavior

The following is a list of thing I believe can make classroom management a BREEZE!

  SUCCESSFUL CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT TIPS:

  • Look at yourself–  Remember that your self-confidence, voice, attitude, enthusiasm, and most of all composure and self-control play a major part in classroom management.  Losing your composure and shouting does not make  classroom management more effective.  The teacher sets the environment in the classroom.
  • On the first day of school introduce written rules and procedures and post them. (Let the students have some input).
  • Have the students practice, learn, and be able to explain classroom procedures. The procedures need to become routine.
  • Establish a cue (words, sound, hand signal, etc.) to which the students are taught to respond to immediately.  Be consistent in using the cue.  Practice it!  Use the cue only when you are absolutely ready to get the students’ attention.  Once you give the cue do not engage in any other activity or have your attention diverted.  Wait!  Wait time is a very effective and important know-how and ability for teachers to possess.  Non-verbal communication consistent with the cue is powerful.  Silence can be thunderous!
  • Set high expectations of your students.  However, there must be a support system in place and materials available.
  • Communicate goals and objectives.  Be clear about requirements and consequences for unsatisfactory performance.  Children tend to be more cooperative and willing to work on a task if they have a clear understanding of what they are suppose to do.
  • Learn to use non-verbal behavior to communicate. (smiles, frowns, nods, move closer to students, etc.)
  • When students talk have them speak loud enough for all in the classroom to hear.  Call on a student in the back of the classroom to check if he or she was able to hear.  This approach will help keep students participate in daily activities.
  • Moving close to the student causes a change in his or her behavior.  Room arrangements can maximize the teacher’s ability to effectively move toward all students.
  • Do not take unacceptable behavior as an affront.  Use the power of wisdom to affect events.

The following links can help you build a successful classroom management plan

https://sarahsmalley.wordpress.com/244-2/

http://www-pub.naz.edu/~clhauck/mymanagementplan.pdf

http://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/2010/06/26/classroom-management-plan/

 

 

PREPARING FOR A LONG TERM SUBSTITUTE !!!

Leaving your students can be hard considering that you have built relationships with each and every one of them. Knowing that the substitute is a wonderful teacher and that your students will be in good hands, the transition should be easy. However, you still want to make it as smooth as possible. It is important to find someone who you can see connecting with your students and fitting into your teaching philosophy.

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Here are a few recommendations and tips for preparing for a long term substitute.

  • Leave a detailed schedule.
  • Detailed notebook of previous lessons and notes on student progress.
  • Description of student behaviors and strategies that work.
  • Classroom management strategies.
  • Outline of desired units and/or standards to cover in the different subject areas while you are out gives substitute a direction to go in.
  • Quick Find Guide- a quick reference to where supplies and materials are.
  • Outline of important upcoming dates for celebrations and school functions.
  • Parent contact list and important information needed about students.
  • Parent volunteer schedule and contact information.
  • A list of any work samples you need the substitute to keep in students’ portfolios.
  • Specific assessments that need to be given.

 

The following links is on how to prepare, create a long term substitute binder.

https://www.theartofed.com/2011/10/31/how-to-plan-for-a-long-term-sub/http://whattheteacherwants.blogspot.com/2014/09/tips-and-tricks-for-writing-long-term.html

 

 

Time Management

value_of_time_by_blackjack0919-d67nhmkThe most important lesson I’ve learned about time management since becoming a working mom is that I can not do it all. I have a hard time letting things go and accepting that everything will not get done.

If I had to choose one thing that keeps me sane it is making lists. I love To Do lists! Once I write it down I am confident it is somewhere I can go back to reference and I can let it slip from my mind for the time being.

TIPS FOR MANAGING

  • Utilize your lunch breaks
  • Plan the night before
  • Let go
  • Prioritize 

You are human. You cannot possibly always be on point all the time. Try to slow down and appreciate the little thing. I’m still learning every day how to be more efficient and survive the constant demands that are put on my time. Some days I feel defeated and discouraged and others I feel like I finally got the hang of this working mom thing.

 

http://www.parents.com/parenting/moms/healthy-mom/time-management-tips/