Quote of the Week

Never say you are "just" a teacher. That's like saying Clark Kent is "just" Superman.

Monday, July 20, 2015

3 Things Teachers Need to Know About Classroom Management, by Ryan McCarty.

1) Teach time saving routines and procedures.  McCarty learned to “go slow to go fast” by spending time up front teaching routines and procedures so that instruction time is later maximized.  Veteran teachers “teach routines like any other lesson, with modeling, guided practice, and independent application.”

2) Balance rules with relationships.  Teachers can balance clear rules with showing that they care.  Being the cool teacher who wants to be their friend can only result in “power struggles and hurt feelings.”

3)  Plan to maximize student thinking time.  Active, rather than passive learning leads to better student behavior.  McCarty suggests using two columns in lesson plans: one column for what the teacher will do and one for what the student will do.

See Ryan McCarty’s complete blog along with an excellent video (7 min) documenting a new teacher’s struggle and success with classroom management when teaching a lesson.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Welcome to WCSchools New Teacher Blogspot!

Welcome to our new teacher blogspot!  We will be featuring a short blog from a mentor every week during the school year.  You'll get insights, ideas, and encouragement as the mentors share tips, favorite quotes, anecdotes, and information to guide you through your first year of teaching.

I encourage you to post, to discuss, and to respond.  This blog should be an interactive tool that connects us all digitally.

Have a great year as you start your career with Wilson County Schools!

Candis V. Angle

Coordinator of Educator Effectiveness
Wilson County Schools