Advice from veteran teachers can make you a happier teacher. Sometimes, just one small word of wisdom makes all the difference in the world.
Our favorite fourth grade teacher, Ms. Sneed, was getting ready to go back to school. “I need some back-to-school suggestions,” she said to herself. My favorite bloggers have been around the block a few times – and can give me a few helpful hints.”
Ms. Sneed sat down at her computer and began searching.
Getting Ready for Back-to-School
One of her favorite midlevel bloggers, Two Boys and a Dad, had posted seven back-to-school tips. In addition to some helpful ideas for classroom organization, he offered titles of some great read-alouds. “I’m going to check these out,” said Ms. Sneed.
The First Day of School
Elementary Matters had written a post entitled 6 Things to Remember on the First Day of School. It was full of ideas for welcoming a new class. After reading it, Ms. Sneed sighed. Then that famous smile crept onto her lips. “She sure doesn’t believe that a teacher shouldn’t smile until Christmas,” she said out loud. “And neither do I!”
Building Classroom Community
Next, she happened upon 5 Ways to Build Classroom Community from Teaching Ideas for Those Who Love Teaching. “What great ideas for getting to know kids and their families,” Ms. Sneed thought. “I’m definitely using these puzzle piece people to make a classroom collage. She sure knows how to make kids feel at home.”
Why Taking Advice from Veteran Teachers Is Important
“Teaching is such an isolated job,” Ms. Sneed said to her teacher friend the next day. “I don’t even know what goes on in the classroom next door. Instead, I have to learn from the school of hard knocks. However, this year I’m making a change. Last night I found some great tips from veteran teachers on the Internet. Furthermore, I plan on asking other educators when I have a problem.”
Ms. Ivers paused in thought. “You know, I never really looked at it that way. We can learn a lot from each other.”
Over the course of her career, Ms. Sneed realized that there were 6 steps to enjoy teaching. In order to survive, she had to organize, plan, and simplify. Then, to thrive, Ms. Sneed needed to learn, engage, and finally – dive in! Follow the Fabulous Teaching Adventures of Ms. Sneed and learn how you can enjoy teaching too.