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Enjoy this video from Teach.org!
Enjoy this video from Teach.org!
It is important that all educators reflect and ask themselves questions to improve student learning. Here are some great questions to help you reflect.
When you started the year, you didn’t know what to ask. Now you do! Research tells us that New Teachers get the most out of being mentored when they are able to ask for help; especially when they know who and how to ask. In addition to your mentor, there are others you can ask for ideas. Older, more experienced teachers are great resources to assist you with any questions you may have about students, curriculum, procedures, and how to end the year. You will get helpful responses to your requests when you do the following:
Remember to thank your mentor and others for giving you support this year.
Although praise can be a useful way to motivate students to do their best, teachers who use specific praise find that it is much more effective. At its best, specific praise offers sincere and constructive feedback about what a student has accomplished.
Specific praise differs from general praise in that its focus is on students’ actions rather than on the students themselves.
Compare these examples:
Specific Praise creates a risk-free environment in which students learn to control their own success and become lifelong learners.
This time of year can be a good time to fine-tune teaching strategies. These ideas deal with asking questions in the classroom to foster learning.
We have made it to Spring Break! We hope that you take time to relax and enjoy your time off from work. Here are some fun ideas of things to do or places to visit that might help you to rejuvenate:
Go walking in a park
Go on a hike
Take a bicycle ride
Visit a museum
Take a nap
Visit a library & check out a book for fun
Invite guests for the first BBQ of the season
Prep the soil for your flowers/garden
Check out some place new such as the following:
Take time to smell the flowers and enjoy your spring break.
Adapted from 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook: Creating a Culture for Learning
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.
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
Listed below are a few suggestions to demonstrate that we are professionals:
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.