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Although the best way to adapt a lesson for your students who are less proficient at mastering material quickly is to respond to them as individuals, sometimes you may find that several students are experiencing difficulties. In the following list, you will find some ways to adapt lessons so that all of your students can be successful.

  • Vary the learning modalities in a lesson that will make it easier for all students to learn and use their preferred learning styles.
  • Provide more examples, models, and demonstrations.
  • Build on students’ prior knowledge.
  • Build students’ self-confidence by encouraging their efforts as well as their achievements.
  • Allow students to work with peers in mixed-ability groups.
  • Supply students with support materials such as word banks, graphic organizers,  technology practice, and outlines.
  • Give more time to complete an assignment.

Helping struggling students in a variety of ways will guide them on the road to success and make your classroom a fun and interesting learning environment for everyone.

 

Adapted from The First-Year Teacher’s Checklist: A Quick Reference for Classroom Success by Julia G. Thompson

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Utah teachers can access UEN premium services through their UEN teacher account.  The premium services are only available to Utah teachers.

Log on to your UEN account.
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Click on your Personal page.  Look at UEN Premium Services.  Do you see the following services as shown below?

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If you do not see the premium services listed on your UEN personal page, click on "Edit name and login" located in the upper righthand corner of your personal UEN page.

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Enter your Jordan District email address in the field labeled "Email address" and save your changes.

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You will then have access to UEN's premium services, UIMC + eMedia, Pioneer Online Library, Digital Science Online and Adobe Connect.

Learn more about UEN's premium services here.

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Listed below are a few suggestions to demonstrate that we are professionals:

  • Be on time
  • Dress in a professional manner
  • Follow rules, policies, and directions
  • Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content you teach.
  • Learn more about current best teaching practices
  • Be organized and efficient
  • As a new teacher, be appreciative of your colleagues’ experience and expertise
  • As a veteran teacher, realize the new and fresh ideas that new teachers bring to the profession and incorporate them into your teaching practice
  • Use school resources wisely
  • Be flexible
  • Resist the urge to complain.
  • Remember to laugh every day
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As your Mentor Teacher Specialist meets with many of you in your schools, the subject of your teaching license is a frequent topic for conversation:

“Do I have a Level 1 or a Level 2 license?”
“Yes, I did take a Praxis test, but which one was it?”
“ Have I taken the Praxis II PLT test and were can I go to find my score?”

The answers to these questions and many more can be found by accessing an electronic personnel file called C.A.C.T.U.S., which is an acronym for "Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools".

It is important for every teacher to be aware of his/her C.A.C.T.U.S. file, have access to it, and to monitor it frequently. On it you will find your degree, license, a list of in-service classes taken, teacher employment/assignment history, record of Praxis test scores, and much more.

If you haven’t registered for your account on C.A.C.T.U.S, take a few minutes to register now. It is simple and easy to do.

Once you have access to your account, monitor it regularly to be sure all information is current and accurate.

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Pioneer Library is Utah’s Online Library of electronic resources. It provides statewide access to newspaper articles, magazines, professional journals, encyclopedias, video, photographs, maps, charts, and graphics.

K-12 Schools: In K-12 school libraries students, educators and staff have access to World Book Online, CultureGrams and other online resources.

Public Library: Resources for all Public Library patrons - Genealogy, Auto Repair, Business Information, Magazines and Newspapers, even audiobooks! Available in your local library or at home.

Home:  Utah has a free Internet library for you and your family to use at school, home, your local public library or wherever you have Internet access.  Ask your teacher for login and password.

Colleges/Universities: Colledges/Universities offer access to an extensive collection of electronic resources to students, faculty, and the general public through Academic Pioneer.

Pioneer PreschoolPreschool Pioneer:  Fun educational activities to do with your preschooler at home.

Recursos en español:  Actividades infantiles y educación escolar. La biblioteca digital de niños: Escuchar historias y cuentos interactivo para niños, jugar con las actividades en línea, imprimir a cabo actividades para llevar a casa, la lista de lectura y más.

Discover the great resources Pioneer Library has to offer by completing this Scavenger Hunt.

Pioneer Library Quick Reference

UEN offers an online class to learn the many features of Pioneer Library.  Check here for UEN Professional Development classes available for free to educators.

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Our team is available to answer your questions! Do you know who your mentor specialist is?

Curriculum Staff Assistant: Terri Summers
Elementary Teachers:  Amy Merritt
Special Education Teachers: Michelle Stewart-Chavez
Secondary Teachers: Judy Jackman.

To contact your specialist, check out the Contact Us page on our website.

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The Mentor Teacher Specialist Team: Terri Summers, Amy Merritt, Michelle Stewart-Chavez, Judy Jackman

 

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Our website blog will contain general educational information to assist provisional teachers and their mentors in honing their teaching skills. By now you realize that teaching is difficult and extremely hard work, but you have also felt the joy of assisting young people to learn and grow in the world around them.

Your first line of help is your school mentor. Your mentor has been assigned to support beginning teachers in the development of skills and expertise to become successful practitioners of effective instruction.

The next line of help can be fellow teachers, school administrators, assigned building touchstone,  and your mentor teacher specialists.

Take a few minutes to check out our new website. Many resources will be available to assist you during your provisional years in Jordan School District. Please let us know if you have questions or comments!

Check back here weekly to see "What's New."

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