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Teachers: Getting Back into the Swing of Things


Teachers, as you return to school and welcome students to another year of learning and growing, feel free to "ease" back into things. Do not be too hard on yourself if you're feeling out-of-sorts or still in vacation mode. When you take your time to adjust and get organized, you may alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and/or burned out early in the school year. So, as you begin to think about how you're going to address the social and emotional needs of your students, do not neglect what you need to be successful. Here are a few tips:

  • Get organized: Create a checklist or timeline for everything that you need to complete during the first few weeks of school. Include meetings and in-service trainings as well.
  • Develop ways to make the first week of school enjoyable and fun for all.  Engage in creative activities that allow the students to get to know you and their peers. Perhaps engaging in outdoor learning (or reading beneath a tree); allowing the students to collaboratively write the classroom rules; or allowing the students to help decorate their learning community.
  • Partner with other teachers: Consider writing lessons plans and planning curricula with another teacher. Bouncing new ideas off someone else, sharing thoughts, and receiving feedback can be a fun way to usher in new, creative opportunities for you and your students.
  • Experiment with new teaching strategies to reach all learners. Try techniques that you haven't tried before. Be creative!
  • Most importantly, enjoy being a teacher and sparking interest and knowledge in others. When you enjoy what you do, it is easier to implement new ideas and more efficient ways of getting the job done.

If you're interested in U of I Extension helping you to "get back into the swing of things", learn new skills, gain practical resource materials for your classroom, and network with other educators, please be sure to check out our Fall Teacher Professional Development series, Fall for Learning.  For information, visit:  Fall for Learning

Make this school year the best year ever!

 



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