As an educator, you spend hours planning lessons. You want the lessons to be as effective as possible to maximize learning. So much goes into planning a lesson, including:
Planning is a critical component of a good lesson. The more you plan and rehearse how the lesson will go in your mind, the better prepared you will be as the instructor. Planning requires an organized, step-by-step process to keep it all together.
Questions to Consider:
Are you an educator needing to set SMART goals?
Are you an administrator helping teachers set their SMART goals?
Do you think setting SMART goals will help you improve your teaching and, ultimately, the students’ learning?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, keep reading!
What are SMART goals and why do we need them?
It is generally agreed that the SMART acronym was first written in 1981 by George T. Doran. Even though it first was used in the world of business, it became popular over the past several decades because of its ease of use and transferability. SMART goals do not need to be used just in the business world; they can be used in personal life and professional life. They can be used across many professions and careers.
Teaching is One of the Most Rewarding Careers in the World
A teacher would tell you it is the best feeling in the world when a student learns a concept and feels that sense of accomplishment. The student’s accomplishment becomes the teacher’s accomplishment.
There are so many great reasons to consider teaching as a career. Working with young people is rewarding and gratifying. However, it is important for a person who has just graduated from college and is thinking about choosing it as a profession to know that it is not easy.
The Unexpected Factors New Teachers May not be Prepared to Handle, and How to Address Them
1) Teaching requires some showmanship. In order to keep the kids’ attention and get them engaged, the teacher must be able to teach the lesson well enough to keep the audience captivated or they will lose interest.
· Are you spending a lot of time each day planning lessons?
· Are you finding yourself “winging” lessons because planning for them takes so much time?
· Are you looking for an organized system for planning lessons?
· Do you think some strategies for planning lessons effectively could help you improve your teaching?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, continue to read this article for effective ways to plan a lesson to help you stay organized, and save you time in the long run!
Why Lesson Planning is So Important
Planning a lesson allows a teacher to systematically deliver content in an organized way to maximize learning. In other words, a teacher plans out how much time there is to deliver a content by thinking about the process in advance. Since teacher efficacy is one of the top factors that affects student learning, it is important to plan and deliver a great lesson each and every time to see results.
· Do you work in education?
· Are you looking for ways to communicate more consistently with your students’ parents?
· Do you think it is important for parents to be informed about their kids’ schools?
· Do you think consistent and organized ways of communicating are important in education?
If you answered YES to these questions, continue reading for ideas and strategies to increase communication with your students’ parents!
Why are parent engagement, involvement, and communication important?
Parent engagement is important for kids to succeed emotionally, personally, and academically. In fact, parental engagement is one of the best predictors of student success in school! A strong body of evidence suggests that when parents are engaged in their kids' education, academic achievement increases, behavior issues decrease, and social skills increase. The more parents are involved, the better the students’ motivation, behavior, and grades!
Black History Month begins on February 1 and lasts an entire month. As educators and leaders, we can do our part to recognize, celebrate, and appreciate Black History Month. The idea is to plan ahead by figuring out how the celebrations and recognitions will occur, get organized, and efficiently prepare! Waiting until the last minute may only add unnecessary stress and anxiety so let's start thinking ahead about what we can do.
Celebrating and recognizing Black History Month is so important because we realize the importance of various cultures and backgrounds. We help the younger generations appreciate diversity, and at the same time, understand how much we all have in common as human beings.
Resources and Ideas for Celebrating and Recognizing for Planning and Organizing
Here are some ideas and strategies to organize and plan schoolwide or classroom celebrations. Choose 3 to 5 ideas that you can do as a school site.
As educators, we try to instill more than just academic knowledge in the minds of our students. We try to teach them to be good human beings, be ready for the future, have strong coping skills, and so much more! Social-emotional learning can help students improve not just their life skills, but also academic skills by helping them become more engaged in school. There are so many benefits to teaching social-emotional skills, even if just once or twice each week, at every level from kindergarten through 12th grade. The benefits include:
Fundraising is fun for most students because, in the process of collecting money for a cause, they get to interact with others face-to-face. They become creative and learn from the process. Plus, they enjoy working with one another in the organization for a common cause. Kids who raise funds within organizations also learn the value of giving, generosity, and charity.
Some fundraising activities are so fun and popular that they become an expectation and a staple at the school site. What starts out as means to raise money becomes so popular that it becomes an expectation to hold the event on school grounds year after year. For example, a school could have a father-daughter dance to raise money. Due to its popularity and success, the following year it might be an expectation to hold the event again. The event will not be seen as a fundraiser in the eyes of its student body and staff but as a schoolwide event.
Why is it important to promote college and career readiness?
As children grow, we do everything we can to prepare them to be ready for what lies ahead of them in adulthood. Upon graduating from high school, kids have one of many choices to follow:
Kids as students need to develop certain skills to easily transition into adulthood. School personnel, particularly teachers, counselors, and administrators, have a significant role in this matter. To succeed in college and career, kids need to learn:
If you answered yes to these questions, please keep reading for advice and guidance to become organized, positive, and more effective in your approach to how you communicate with your students' parents.
Parents are an essential component of a child's education. Most parents actively participate in their child's education and want them to do well and succeed in school. Parental involvement and parental engagement are hot topics in education. The more involved parents are, the better grades students earn. Plus, they have fewer behavior issues in the classroom, have fewer absences, complete more assignments, and participate in class. The more we, as educators, communicate positively with parents, the more positive outcomes we will experience with the children we serve.
Communication comes in two ways: One-way and two-way. One-way communication includes:
Two-way communication involves:
If information needs to be disseminated to the masses, there is nothing wrong with one-way communication. However, when it comes to a particular child, two-way communication is essential.
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