It Takes a Little Planning 9.9.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

I have been at work for a total of nine days now, and today was the first day I was able to sit down and do some detailed planning. I have helped all the teachers that needed help, I have seen all of my classes once, and I have helped in general with the start of the school year. My classes this week were more of a “get to know ya” situation. After seeing all of the classes, the development of creating lessons for each grade level and class became a little easier. There was an overall plan, but nothing with much detailed. I did this on purpose because it makes it easier to change or add to my lesson plans. Plus, I have been teaching long enough to “go with the flow,” and this is what I did this week. Students were taught the general procedures, but for the most part, most of the students knew the procedures because I have known them since Kindergarten.

Today the fine tuning began with each class on the schedule. I realized that certain classes will not be able to do the same activities even if they were in the same grade as another class. The personalities just don’t allow for some activities to be as effective.  This became apparent in a third grade class today. I quickly understood that I would need to add more structure to a class because first of all, they were are large class size, and secondly, they were still second graders in third grade bodies.

Managing a group of kids is not about how loud or strict you can be, but more about how you can “trick them” to doing what you need them to do in a specific time period. A good teacher needs to manipulate students in a way that allows each student to find comfort, as well as reach individual goals. I don’t mean “manipulate” like a crook or politician, but in a manner that gives the student confidence and a level of competency needed to survive in school and in life. 

So, this is what I did today, I added detail to my lesson plans. I stayed an hour after school. I worked two hours at home during the weekend, but I was able to make my plans better.

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