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Hot Tip Tuesday- 13th 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:

  1. Forget about choosing sides for Super Bowl or celebrating your team’s win. Focus on teaching kids good sportsmanship before, during and after The Big Game!
  2. There will be LOTS of meetings on the job. Grab a notebook or binder dedicated to all things meetings so that all of your notes/information can be organized in one place, found at your fingertips!
  3. As often as possible, see your students outside of academia. You’ll learn a TON about them as people and better understand how to best serve them.
  4. Improve student writing by making exercises applicable to daily life… blogging, resume writing, tweeting, text messaging etc. The more they practice, the better they will get!
  5. Memorizing shouldn’t be the focus of recalling information, but when it is necessary, use a song or beat to help it stick!
  6. Don’t just write and say the learning objective. Tie it back to why it matters for kids.
  7. Beginning your day with upbeat music helps students get into the right frame of mind to get psyched for learning!
  8. Provide a warning to staff, students and parents before you unplug for Spring Break to avoid conflict and misunderstanding.
  9. Helping students manage their time is a challenge, but if you put Ss in charge of the classroom due date calendar, they will be more aware and highly likely to meet upcoming deadlines.
  10. If you want to know how you’re doing as a teacher, ask your students! Their feedback can elevate your potential overnight 


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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, 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.