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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

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

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.

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

 

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."