The one thing you know you need to do better...

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  1. mrsammieb

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    For me, it is transitioning. I am NOT good at moving from one subject to the next without a little crazy town in the middle. I feel like I have good lessons and good behavior management, but moving from one point to the next is where I ALWAYS have sorta sucked. I know they are not little robots that can put word work away and begin reading without a little hiccup. But I wish I could be better. Do you have one area you know you need to better at?
     
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    Just one? That's just cruel :p There's tons I could mention!

    One area is making sure I walk in the students' footsteps with most of what I ask them to do. That means modeling writing, trying out activities/assignments myself, testing out a new way of going about independent reading work (I'm doing a journal over the summer much like I'll ask them to do, to work out any kinks and make sure I think it'll be worthwhile). They buy in more when they see that, and I'm able to identify areas I'll need to focus more on or that might not be clear.
     
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    Keeping up with grading for sure.
     
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    It may seem minor, but I need to improve my end of day routine. I got complimented several times in my first year on my classroom management, but those people were clearly never around at the very end of the day! I won't say it was chaos, but it was close.

    Definitely something I'll be changing up in year 2!
     
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    Managing my time and not going crazy! Im only a second year teacher, so i guess that's why, but i get super anxious about lesson planning and not having enough stuff planned/not having enough quality stuff planned.
     
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    Grading and returning papers in a timely manner. Always been my weakness.
     
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    I really need to step up my contact with parents / guardians. My first couple of years teaching, the majority of students were their own guardians. The switch to 9th grade changed this, but I'm still awkward forging a relationship with some parents.
     
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    I need to remember how positive I was about things when I got into the program. The job search has been difficult, and I haven't handled it as well as I should have.
     
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    This is something I also need to do a better job of. I hate phone calls with a passion, and would do almost anything to avoid them, but need to make more of an effort to step out of my comfort zone. I'm going to set the goal this year to connect personally with the parents of every student--either at our Meet the Teacher Night or with a phone call--before the end of September.
     
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    I suck at organization. Although I have gotten much better, and try to make rules for myself like "don't put anything down unless it's actually where it goes", my classroom and desk still get messy. I might be going around the room stamping papers, for example, and someone needs help, so I set the stamp down on a desk and then can't find it a minute later.

    Good question!
     
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    Confidence. Especially being a first year teacher in a new school. Throughout my student teaching and field experience, being observed has been my struggle. I get so nervous and go into panic mode. I loose focus of what I'm teaching and my mind goes blank at times..I'm just a mess. I need to remain calm and confident in my teaching abilities.
     
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    Someone believed in you...you'll do great things!
     
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    Bell-to-bell teaching! It gets to be the last 2-3 minutes of a class period and I'm out of ideas! I've gotten better, using exit slips and the like to "use-up" time, but I'd still like to improve.
     
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    I have parents write down their email address at our Open House night, and a lot of parents already have email addresses on record in the office. I HATE phone calls. No, really. I HATE THEM!! Email is WAY better, and I've found that I actually get more responses from email than from calling home. Parents see "XXX High School" on the caller ID and they get a little scared!
     
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    I collect email addresses as well, and during the year it is my go-to method of routine communication. There are times, however, when a phone call is more appropriate and I want to be sure to have the positive, personal connection before I need to call with concerns.
     
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    At the start of the year, I try to have positive interactions with every parent. I also notice the students who might struggle with behavior or academics, and make a little extra effort to get to know those parents. It goes a long way.

    I've thought about making a few weekly phone calls, so that eventually I'd get to talk to each parent a few times during the year. We departmentalize, though, so it would be a lot of phone calls, and I've decided against it (why make more work for myself if it's not a requirement). I definitely see the value though.
     
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    Haha this made me laugh, because I literally do that all the time, and then I get confused and will be looking all over for it. Definitely something I can improve also!
     
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    I am with otter pop - organization!

    I can always find what I need, but it sure wouldn't look like that to someone walking in my room. Plus, we are getting a new principal this year and I just think it will look better.
     
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    I also have students help me whenever possible. They get super excited about organizing a marker drawer or bookshelf. :)
     
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    The wonders of what excites kids. And I knew it when I was that age, because I was already giving stickers or a penny to my sisters as prizes, and they were over the moon :p The best thing about having kids organize, in addition to them enjoying doing it (and it saving you the work that unfortunately no longer is as fun now that we're adults...ha), is that they gain ownership of their classroom even more, which leads to them buying into everything that much more!
     
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    I could not agree more. It DIRECTLY leads to increased learning and achievement in all areas.
     
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    Sometimes I feel lazy for not doing some of the organizational things, or not deciding on how particular things will go in the classroom (i.e. our class rules, decorations, etc...), but I think the vast difference in how connected the class and I were last year compared to my first year stemmed directly from how much of the classroom they worked together, with me as a guide, to set up - both physical organization and how it ran.
     
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    I didn't do too badly on grading this past year, but I'm changing content areas so it's still a goal for this next year. I want to check journals and responses very often. Sometimes, that gets hard to do.
     

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