Hot Tip Tuesday- 11th Edition


Hot Tip Tuesday

Each week I bring to you helpful tips to become a more effective educator on the Always A Lesson fan page on Facebook. (Give it a quick like by clicking here!) I decided to start grouping my social media posts into a blog post in case you didn’t catch it in your feed. (Want more? Simply type in ‘Hot Tip Tuesday’ in the search bar on my blog to easily find past editions.)

Time to get caught up:

[abbreviations: P = parent, Ss= student, LP = lesson plans]

  1. Roll up anchor charts. Place a titled sticky note across the top on the outside of each. Store in a trash bin.
  2. Group bathroom visits waste more time than allowing students to work and sending them out 1 by 1. Keep instruction first.
  3. Pay attention to students leading their learning. Step back to watch and cultivate their natural curiosity.
  4. Cut the narration when giving directions. Concise language is memorable.
  5. Sync all of your personal & professional appointments from your devices so that no matter where you are you don’t miss out.
  6. Create back pocket activities to infuse content into random downtime minutes throughout the instructional day.
  7. Create personal, flexible learning spaces on the floor using tape, carpet squares, hoola hoops, etc.
  8. Respecting student beliefs does not mean ignoring holidays in the classroom. Expose Ss to a variety of celebrations.
  9. Winter weather is approaching. Teach kiddos how to get cozy while learning. Create spaces and share materials to make learning appealing and welcoming.
  10. The way you start the day has a big impact on the way you end the day. Incorporate a high-energy, positive opener to instruction.

(*note: these posts are sent out via BUFFER so they follow Twitter’s rules for word count and I had to get creative!)

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What tip can you add to our list so educators can continue to grow in effectiveness?

About the author, Gretchen

I am an educator of almost a decade, passionate about cultivating talent in aspiring and new teachers through practical tips and strategies. My blog, book, and podcast are geared towards empowering teachers to enter the profession and stay there due to the advice and encouragement I provide. We have a real need in our nation for strong leaders in classrooms, and I believe its my calling and duty to coach teachers to achieve and maintain best teaching practices in order to drive the growth and success of our students in and outside the classroom.