Back to School Tips

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Back to School Tips

Simplified planning, amplified impact – for elementary teachers

I’m linking up my back to school tips with some other great bloggers today for the Back to School is as easy as 1, 2, 3 link up.

After 8 years of teaching the one thing I wish I would have known from the beginning is this:

I tend to be so objective driven. “I stayed up late crafting this perfect lesson that matches the standards and covers content you will be tested on so we WILL get through it at all costs!” Meanwhile, 10 kids really need a drink because they just came in from outside and it was hot, and 10 other kids are upset over recess drama that hasn’t been resolved. In short, I could teach this lesson perfectly but it would have very little impact because there are more pressing issues in the minds of my students.

The culture of standards and testing that exists in education today cracks the whip on teachers. But don’t let it rob you of your empathy, patience, and sensitivity for the developing humans in your classroom. Sometimes role-playing about how to join a group on the playground, addressing a fear, taking a break for movement, fixing an injustice, sorting out a soccer field scuffle, or mourning the death of a hamster is the MOST important thing you can do for and with your students in that moment, and that’s just the way it is.

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