While most teachers take the summer off to enjoy a well deserved break, there are those who brave the heat and disgruntled students. For these daring teachers, trips to the beach are only for the weekends, as their weekdays continue to be filled with lesson plans. If this is your first summer taking on desk duty, try these tips to help you survive:
1) Remain Upbeat
While it may be difficult to roll out of bed to an alarm clock knowing that your colleagues are still sleeping in, it is important that you keep a positive attitude when teaching summer school. Your students are likely to be more distracted than usual, but if you enter the class each day with a big smile and bursting with energy, that attitude will soon become infectious, making it a more positive experience for everyone.
2) Plan Lessons that Take Advantage of the Season
There is no reason why all classes have to take place inside of a classroom. Add some lessons to your curriculum that will be enhanced by trips outdoors. You can make Shoeless Joe the required novel to read and then let the students build their own field of dreams that they are able to play games on during their summer school session. Taking the kids outdoors once in a while will help in keeping them from staring wistfully out the window during your other lessons.
3) Keep Class Simple
To ease some of your work rely more on class discussions and participation for grading criteria than large projects and assignments. This means that at least when you go home in the evening you can enjoy an outside barbecue instead of grading papers.[click to continue...]
Halloween has passed which is the official sign that winter weather is impending. For school boards and administrators this means getting their schools ready for cold air, icy walkways and all of the other issues that come with the onset of winter. Start getting your schools ready now, before that temperature starts getting dangerously close to freezing.
1. HVAC Maintenance
Don't wait for the boiler to break down in January, schedule an appointment with your HVAC company now. A broken heater in January can shut your school down for a week. The HVAC tech will look over the entire heating system, change any filters and make sure that it is ready to handle the coming cold and keep the kids in school.[click to continue...]
Unlike professional sports, where more money is the primary objective, high school athletes have different goals when choosing their college. The sports program you offer is important to them, but so are the academic strengths, social structure and location.
Who Are You Pitching To?
Recruiters can get so caught up in the athletic ability of an athlete that they forget these are still kids. Minors, who are still reliant on mom and dad. The parents will encourage input from their kid when it comes to choosing a college, but never forget that they may have the final word. This means you should be pitching to the parents just as aggressively as you sell your program to the kids. Except with a different focus.
Selling Your Collegiate Program to Parents
When you are talking to parents about their kids, and the college they are thinking about going to, the focus should be on the future. A parent wants to know how your school is going to help their son or daughter be better prepared for adulthood. The athletic program is a starting point, but you also have to be ready to answer questions about the type of academic education their children are going to have access to.
It helps if you already know a little about the student, and what their aspirations are. This way you can talk specifically about the classes your school offers that help them to meet their goals. If they have an interest in engineering, talk about the individual achievements of the professors and prior students who have graduated from that program. Parents typically think in the long term when it comes to their children, and they want to make sure that theirs will have an abundance of available opportunities once college is over or sports are no longer an option.[click to continue...]
Being a good teacher goes far beyond providing students with knowledge and skills. Good teaching is about attitude and the way in which you influence your students. If you are in doubt about your teaching style, look past what and focus more on how you are delivering your knowledge.
1) Show Respect For Your Students
A good teacher values the input and opinions of their students. If students are free to offer ideas and express feelings they will learn how to show respect for others. Be approachable and a great listener and your students will be more likely to pay close attention to everything you have to share with them.
2) Treat Your Classroom Like a Little Community
A student should feel secure the second they enter your classroom, knowing that there are rules to follow, yet in a supportive environment. Make sure that each student understands their role in your classroom and that they feel like an integral part of a group. Students fare better in their studies when they have the support of their peers as well as their teacher.[click to continue...]
Being a successful scoutmaster is not an easy undertaking. You must possess a strong commitment to scouting and the fundamental principles it preserves. This, on top of a love for children, spending quality time with them, and performing fulfilling activities makes for a good scout leader. If you possess those qualities, then you are ready for tips on how to make your Boy Scout troop a success:
1) Participate in the Training Programs
You may have been a scout, but that is quite a different experience from being a Scoutmaster. Start your mission by attending the various adult training programs offered by the Boy Scouts*. There is a Fast Start Training program that gets you started with understanding your role, followed by Adult Basic Training and Youth Protection Training. These Boy Scout sponsored programs will give you the skills needed to run a good Boy Scout troop.
2) Build a Support Network
You need the help and participation of the scouts' parents or you could quickly become overburdened with your responsibilities. Set up an effective network of communication using a mass notification service such as DialMyCalls so that you can recruit parents for help on trips, raising funds, and planning special events through automated phone calls and SMS broadcasts. With the parents actively involved, you get to spend more time working with and helping your Boy Scouts in reaching their goals.[click to continue...]
If you have taken on the responsibility of running a summer camp program, you are to be commended. Summer camps impart skills and values onto children that are not always emphasized at school. This is a special time for kids that will be remembered for their lifetime. Follow these tips to ensure that you create experiences that are looked back on fondly:
1) Choose Your Staff Wisely
Staffing your summer camp should not be taken lightly. When working with children, it is of utmost importance that you check the background of all potential staff members before offering them a position. As you screen applicants, look for attributes that will enhance the camping experience for kids, such as artistic or sports backgrounds. During interviews watch for signs of high energy, enthusiasm and a love for being around children. Summer camp is about having fun, and the kids won't have any if their counselor is not excited every day to be there.[click to continue...]
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