Reaching the mid term is an important milestone for both teachers and students. For kids it gives them a chance to see their academic progress and teachers can reassess how their classes have been going. For this post we will look at some important steps to consider during this time of the year.
Classroom management: By this point in the year you have a good idea of which classes are running smoothly and which ones need a tune up. Here are some important maintenance tips to consider.
Positive Reinforcement: With everything involved in teaching Its easy to get sucked into the black hole of negativity. Remember you still have some great kids that want to learn and do their best. Many times, your worst students demand the most attention. Don’t forget at the end of class to pay your students who are meeting expectations a compliment. Even better, look for some special learning opportunities, like sending them to the library for a project or helping out with a class pet.
Making Connections: The winter season is a busy with many activities. Kids play basketball, wrestling, cheer and swim to name a few. Along with numerous hobbies and club. Ask about the game. You don’t need to be a basketball expert or a sports nut. I like to ask the kids how they did? Many times, they’ll say we lost, or won. Don’t be afraid to ask how they played (regardless of the outcome). I also like to encourage them “You’ll do better next time.”
IEP Progress: One important item to reflect on is how your IEP students are doing. Whether it’s a gifted student or someone with special needs. Its important to ask if you have been meeting their IEP goals. If you haven’t, now is the time to reset your course. Guided notes are easy to add to an entire class. In addition, during testing, offer to read any test question to your students (regardless of IEP status). These class wide interventions provide extra learning opportunities. Also consider giving kids retest options and advance study guides and test banks to learn from. Have you every considered staying after 20 to 30 minutes to offer extra help for your class? This simple act can make a world of difference for students who fall behind.
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