Hot Tip Tuesday- 8th Edition

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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. If you allow Ss to not respect each other, then they don’t respect you or themselves enough to appreciate diversity of opinion.
  2. Spend a few min at the end of the day to organize materials. A messy mind can’t fulfill it’s potential.
  3. Number pencils with Ss ID near the eraser so it’s easy to identify which student to which it belongs.
  4. Assign a kiddo to file instructional materials for you so that they don’t build up on your desk + build org capacity in kids.
  5. Knowing what motivates your students is your greatest lesson plan spark- sprinkle it everywhere!
  6. Breakfast eaters? Place them close to the door (quiet entry), trash (easy discharge) and back row (less distraction to Ss).
  7. Tech can fail, always have a paper back up for important data details and lesson plans!
  8. Plan your school building errands based on an efficient route so you are not wasting time running the halls back and forth.
  9. Plastic table cloths make great bulletin board paper!
  10. Write out all answers to questions you plan to ask Ss in your lesson so you know what you want Ss to get before moving on.

(*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.