Enjoy teaching in nine steps! You can stay afloat and find fulfillment in your chosen profession.
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Step 1: Organize – Get your head above water. Gain control of your classroom, students, and teacher stuff.
Step 2: Plan – Plan in broad strokes and small strokes. Start with the standards, plan units of study to meet student needs, then create thoughtful lessons.
Step 3: Learn – Learn informally and formally to match your personal needs and teaching assignment.
Step 4: Simplify – Stop trying to swim against the current. Limit your grading, join selectively, collaborate, and streamline daily demands.
Step 5: Engage – Don’t just stick your toe in the water. Jump right in with active learning, projects, interdisciplinary units, and inquiry.
Step 6: Connect – Know, engage, and challenge every learner. Collaborate with your colleagues. Connect with teachers around the globe.
Step 7: Explore – Test new waters. Try something new; be creative.
Step 8: Dare – Be adventurous. Take advantage of opportunities.
Step 9: Share – Mentor, help a teacher in need, or offer resources. Speak or blog to share what you’ve learned.