After the summer break going back to school can be exciting, nerve racking, and hectic for teachers. The summer time is a time for refreshment and renewal. That is important as the beginning of the school year is the most critical time of the year and it can also be the most stressful. Most teachers are looking for ways to improve their class for the upcoming year even during the summer time off. Going back to school gives teachers a chance to make small adjustments or significant changes depending on where they are at in their careers. Most veteran teachers have a pretty decent idea of what they need to do to get ready for the new school year. They typically plan to make a few minor tweaks to their overall approach. Younger teachers may totally revamp their approach to how they teach based on their small sample of experience. Often first year teachers come in excited and with no real idea of what it takes to teach. They have ideas that they think will work only to realize quickly that the application of those ideas are much more difficult than the theory of them. Here are some tips that will help them transition back to school quickly and effectively, no matter where a teacher is in their career.

Back to school for teachers

Experience is the ultimate learning tool. First year teachers will only have their limited experience as a student teacher in which they can rely. This small sample does not provide them with much information unfortunately. Veteran teachers will tell you that you learn more in the first few weeks as a teacher than you did during your entire time in a teacher education program. Great teachers are constantly looking for new ideas and methods to apply to their classroom. You should never be afraid to try a new approach, but understand that sometimes it works, sometimes it needs tweaked, and sometimes it will need thrown out all together. Teachers must rely on their experiences when it comes to all aspects of their classroom. A teacher must allow experiences, both good and bad, to guide their overall approach to teaching. Never come into a school year or classroom with preconceived notions. Every student who walks into your classroom deserves the chance to come in with a clean slate. Teachers may pass along pertinent educational information such as standardized test scores. Never come into a school year or classroom with preconceived notions. Every student who walks into your classroom deserves the chance to come in with a clean slate. to the next teacher. However, they should never pass along information about how a particular student or class behaves. Every class and every student is unique, and a different teacher may get other behavior. A teacher who has preconceived notions can be detrimental to the overall development of a particular student or a group of students. Teachers should want to make judgments about a student or a group of students based on their own unique experiences with them and not those from another teacher.

           

 

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