A1: making sure I meet all of the standards and verify so correctly. Trying to figure out ALL the different systems RCS uses to input information. Trying to teach high schoolers and preschoolers. #RCSTechChat
A1 My biggest concern was SURVIVAL as well! During the first week of my first year of teaching, I had a student commit suicide. I told myself maybe I should retire. I hung in there and here I am, 12 years later.
A1: My biggest concern was having bad classroom management. After reading books by Rick Morris and Harry Wong — I felt better, but until you “jump in feet first” you don’t know what to expect or what will work for you and your teaching style. #rcstechchat
A2: Build relationships and make connections with your kiddos-it will improve their learning. Partnerships with parents are essential for a smooth year! Find the positives and share them with others! #RCSTechChat
A3 I LOVE my desk planner and a small one to carry around and take to meetings/PLC's. Also, for the classroom I've found having a cady in the middle of group makes distributing materials a breeze. #rcstechchat
A3 I have to have a desk calendar or a free printable calendar. Another thing I've used for the last few years is a separate folder on the board for bellwork/exit ticket and a separate bin or tray for all other assignments. #rcstechchat
A4 My focus at the beginning of the year is learning my kids' names, and once I get those down in the first two weeks, I try to learn their interests. I am MUCH more focused on that than content as well as establishing routines. #rcstechchat
I've been using "Out of Class Passes" the past few years for restroom, etc. When they run out, they run out! They get 9 each 9 weeks. It encourages them to stay in class because whoever has any left gets to put them into a drawing for a prize.
A4 engagement and clear learning targets promote good classroom management. Pushing them towards the goal without doing the dog and pony show yourself allows them to stay actively engaged, involved, and reaching that goal with minimal disruption’s #rcstechchat
A5: Parents are their children's first and foremost teachers, so I need to include them in whatever I am trying to teach so that they can reinforce it at home when necessary. Email and website are valuable tools. #RCSTechChat
parents need/want to know what is going on in the classroom. In high school this means having a website, a remind, twitter, and BHS has thursday P-T meetings weekly if the P or T sees it necessary #rcstechchat
Parents who care want to know everything. Parents who don't care still deserve to know. I like to call once in the beginning so I can always say I called before and introduced myself. It's so much better when I have to make a phone call for misbehavior later.
A5 I have always found that the more informed the parent, the more they supported they were. I sent home a weekly newsletter each week-listing accomplishments and current studies. I also sent home weekly progress reports that gave current grades / missing work.
A5 It is important because the parent knows the student better than anyone else; how they learn best, what makes them tick or be upset. It also creates accountability. I use email the most and call the first couple weeks. #rcstechchat
Communication with parents allows educators to build a trusting relationship, and also puts the parents at ease as to what's going on in your classroom. Open and upfront communication limits room for miscommunication on assignments or behavior issues.
Email (not for the bad) and daily @Seesaw updates keep them in the loop and communicating with you more. You become more approachable by sharing instantly what’s going on in the classroom. #rcstechchat
A5: Our teachers are loving @Seesaw and @RemindHQ Email is still reliable too. But it's important to meet families where they are at use multiple methods to reach ALL stakeholders. Even paper newsletters build community! #rcstechchat
A5:Communication gives parents the most up to date information about their child/child’s learning, this is who they value most. I find that weekly emails with detailed information about classroom and school events work best; newsletters attached to emails. #Remind101#RCSTechChat
A6 @tcarey98 does a great job introducing and showing the latest and greatest tech tools. He also integrates them in the rotating related arts technology time so ss get extra practice. That’s super helpful! #rcstechchat
I just want to remind everyone that we will be back in 2 weeks. We will take the Labor Day week off since it will be like a Monday on a Tuesday! Our topic will be Student Engagement hosted by @Tibbstechcoach#rcstechchat
A6: Tehnology gets students excited and engaged before you even begin. They immediately gravitate towards learning with access to devices. I want to incorporate MS Teams into my class this year. #RCSTechChat