New Teachers (or Teachers who feel new),
Congratulations! You've almost half way through the school year! If you're like I was at the beginning of my career, the following things probably ring true:
1. It's not at all like on TV.
2. It's a lot harder than you thought it would be.
3. You're starting to get the hang of it.
4. Just a few more easy weeks, then a nice, long and restful holiday season!
Well, the first few are definitely true. But don't worry; everyone feels like that. The last one, though...
Well, remember how your students were right before Halloween? Multiply that by 10.
So, here are some tips and strategies to try out or keep in mind as we all get geared up for a restful break:
1. Lesson plan and make copies for at least the first week after break so you can actually rest and re-charge during the break; you'll need it.
2. Plan less intense, more interactive activities that let your students talk - because they will anyway. Harness their talking for learning.
3. Don't be afraid to try something new. If it works - great! If it fails miserably, your students probably won't remember it after the holiday break anyway.
4. Lastly, relax over break. Teaching is hard, really hard, and all of us no mater how many years of experience we have need (and deserve) to rest and relax once in a while.
Relax, and Happy Holidays,
I'm a 14 year veteran teacher that loves teaching, coaching, writing, and my family.