April is fleeting. May will soon be here. How has your year gone? In retrospect what advice would you give yourself for this year? What advice do you have for the remainder of this year?
Here is some of my thinking . . .
First Year Teacher:
- Ask for help; don’t twist in the wind when you are stuck! Find someone you can trust to help with day to day questions. Find someone you can trust to help with instruction/curriculum issues. (Double bonus if one person fits both.)
- Have a Plan A; be ready with Plan B and all the remaining letters in the alphabet! Plan to learn as you go! Remember that FAIL is First Attempt In Learning and is not permanent. Learning = growth. Plan to grow!
- Stay out of the drama. Avoid the locations that are filled with drama each day.
- Try something new! Surround yourself with innovative thinkers and doers. Their creativity and willingness “to do/learn” will be contagious!
- Communicate, communicate, communicate! Use transparency as a cloak that surrounds you. No teacher has ever over-communicated!
- Build a PLN! Locate like-minded individuals for conversations, collaboration and coaching.
- Reflect daily on your learning. Plan for each day to build upon the day before!
- Do what you ask your students to do: Read and write daily!
- When in doubt ask your students; it’s their classroom!
- Be professional . . . in your words, actions, and intentions!
- Write out your mission/vision statement. WHY are you teaching? Be honest. Make it personal.
- Figure out when and where were the last three times that you laughed with your students about something silly you did. If it’s not in the last month, you need to lighten up and take yourself less seriously!
- Name three things that you have learned this last week from your students. What have they taught you? Or reminded you of?
- Check your positivity meter. Do you hang out and learn from positive people? Change your audience/PLN/cultivate new friendships!
- Do you have a growth mindset? What would your fellow teachers say about you?
- Be passionate. Love what you do and don’t be afraid to let it show!
- Find your tribe. It’s always easier to build common understanding collaboratively. Find a group where you can problem solve, share, read and write together!
- Do what you ask your students to do: Read and write daily! Make the time!
- Be a life-long learner! For REAL!
- Practice revision in your life. Know what it feels like to revise thoughts, plans, and actions.
The waning moments of the school year . . . what advice do you have?
What would you add?
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