Find the one thing that always makes you smile. Save pictures drawn of you and notes and poems. Save encouraging notes or emails from parents and students. Then, whenever you have a bad day or feel like it isn’t worth it, pull those things out. Read them over and over if you have to! I keep this picture that one of my sweet girls wrote on a whiteboard during free time.
(Sorry for all the markings. Didn’t want to post my name or hers on the Internet!)
I will always and forever believe that students don’t need to work their minds to make it to the teacher. Teachers should jump through hoops, under the bushes, and over the rock wall to make it to their students.
Do everything you can to help your students to understand even if that means switching up the lesson plan or the assessment method. If your class loathes book reports, use alternatives.
Yes, curriculum and standards are very important, but knowledge is also. The best way to teach students is to know them and relate to them.
Google Docs is an incredible and somewhat underused resource. Dr. Ryan Visser, an educational technology professor at both Clemson and Anderson University, really helped me realize all of the possible uses of Google Docs. The most valuable resource to me is by far Google Forms. I attached a very clear, step-by-step tutorial written by Dr. Visser on how to create a form.
Although the tutorial focuses on a parent information form, these can be used for several assignments in the classroom. The form can be formatted for at-home quizzes, interest questionnaires, and so much more. The forms are so easy to make! Another great use for them is to create chapter quizzes on several novels for the students to take either in class or at home to show reading comprehension. The quizzes can be saved on Google Docs year after year to use for all classes.
I cannot wait to use this for the Back-to-School parent and student interest form. Google stores all responses in a simple easy to read spreadsheet immediately after the form is completed.
Check out the tutorial now, and I would like to thank Dr. Visser for allowing me to share this with each of you.