Kids need breaks…and so do Teachers. It is important that we remember to refresh our batteries just as we remember to refresh our kids. Energizers are a fun way to boost your kids energy back up and to get them going, but don’t forget the energizers for yourself.
Assessment – How do we know our kids are growing? We need tools to check their growth. How do we find out if our interventions/enrichments are working? We must set up a way to monitor if it works or doesn’t. Why do we as teachers end up doing something that we’ve tried in the past and just run with it? Why do we insist that since it worked before it will always continue to work?
Always have a backup plan! When things happen and something goes wrong it is important to have a backup plan. Do you have someone who can cover you when you are out? Do you have something available incase the technology goes down? Do you have a backup?
“Do you have rigor in your classroom at all times?” Our Mission Possible teacher leaders are running some professional development about implementing rigor in the classroom. Taking a current assessment and making sure it has value and drive for students.
Life gets in the way sometimes. One of our 2nd grade teachers is going through some tough times dealing with a horrible vendor online for her wedding and it effects how she is functioning. It should.
Student interest first can solve many conflicts and miscommunications. After sitting with the principal and CF to explain our interest in putting our students first and utilizing our time for intervention through best practice and differentiation practices we were given the approval to move forward.
How do we best use the resources we are given? In an effort to work together we end up going back and forth on what we can and cannot control.
Time? The biggest challenge in my experience is time. Our teachers have their day completely micromanaged to a point of non-flexibility. We were looking into strategies for push-in intervention help and before we could even get to strategies on what could help our students