Economic crisis. Stocks plummet. Layoffs. AYP at 85%. SOL testing. 4.5 week benchmark testing. 9 week benchmark testing. Track your remediation. Grade papers. Half the class doesn’t do homework. 36 students in your class, and the principal brings a new student to your door. I don’t understand Gradebook. Need I say more?
Situations won’t be changed by negative attitudes. Although it’s important not to hide feelings, the delivery method of your feelings can run your colleagues’ outlook into a brick wall at 90 MPH. Eventually, the students suffer. Scores plummet. It’s a vicious cycle. What does one do?
Maybe it’s me, but I was never one to get nervous with other adults in my classroom. In fact, I coveted assistance in my room regardless of who you were, from superintendent to principal to Board member. Just last week, Mrs. Meents told me, after we had been working together in the lab all day, “Wow–this day was so nice and fun and went so fast!” So, with that in mind, I came up with a top ten list of how to lower your stress. Here are some suggestions on making your day easier.:
(10) Using the passcode for Discovery Education Streaming given to you in September, open an account, and start using their online Quiz Builder. Confused? See your TRT. Olive Branch: you’re being trained on November 4.
(9) Plan a lesson with your TRT and coteach together. Two heads are so much better than one!
(8) Check out a data projector and have a lesson review with online activities. Need ideas? Check the Rockingham link to your right.
(7) Track behavior issues on an Excel sheet and see if there is a pattern. Does it peek at a certain time of the day? I have made a Behavior Chart template if you’d like to see how to begin.
(6) Are your PowerPoints needing perked up?
(5) Instead of a worksheet, how about making a template on Kidspiration 3 and having the students print it off afterwards?
(4) When’s the last time you used a C.O.W.? Vary instruction with hands-on activities.
(3) Have a good hearty laugh with your class at least once a day.
(2) Find something positive to say to students on what they do right.
(1) Start each Monday with a five minute class discussion about the weekend. Take an SOL break! Did something go on in their lives that they’d like to share?
I’m interested in seeing what ideas you have. If you wish to make a comment, if you look in the blue bar above, you’ll see “No comments” or “# of comments.” Click on that and add to the discussion!