Friday, March 25, 2011
10 Things I've Learned from Teaching
1. Create an Ouch Pouch. Unless it's a gusher, kids realize they really DON'T want to write about their ouch before receiving a band-aid. (P.S. They don't have to ask, they just write and receive...NICE).
2. Tell kids what you think you might forget. They WILL remind you at least 100 times before the end of the day!
3. On the flip side, DON'T inform if you CAN'T follow through. They WILL remind you at least 100 times each day of the week until the end of the school year!
4. Rubrics Change Everything! Embrace, Create, and Teach THEM. Results will follow!!!
5. Learn the Flamingo when wearing open toed shoes.
6. Students will cut, poke, tear, or loose their eraser. I now cut the pink erasers in half at the start of the school year.
7. Allow students to take ownership of their learning and make decisions on what or how they learn. The rewards will exceed your expectations.
8. Hand a student a FLIP, Camera, or Video Recorder and allow them to capture their classroom in their perspective. It will teach you a thing or two and GUARANTEE a GIGGLE.
9. Art is soothing to ALL. Add more projects to your curriculum.
10. Anticipate 20 minutes but Plan for 30!! Murphy's Law...
Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. ~Aldous Leonar
Now I want to learn from you...