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Have a backup plan in the event extra students show up in the classroom. Check login procedures and passwords for communication software such as email. Know what platforms your school uses daily, such as the grading platform PowerSchool Student Information System. Find out which software licenses are available to you Turnitin. Make sure you have your materials organized and ready to go, so you do not have to hunt for anything after the bell rings.
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Stand at the door, smile, and warmly greet students as they enter your classroom for the first time. Have students create name tags for their desks. When you begin teaching, use the names you learned to call on a few students. Remember, you are setting the tone for the year.
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Smiling does not mean that you are a weak teacher but that you are pleased to meet them. Make sure you have posted the classroom rules according to the student handbook and the school's discipline plan for all students to see. Go over each rule and the steps you will take if these rules are broken.
Do not assume that students will read these on their own. Continually reinforce the rules from day one as part of effective classroom management. Some teachers ask students to contribute to the creation of classroom rules.
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These must complement, not replace, the standards already established by the school. Having students add regulations provides an opportunity to offer more buy-in in the operation of the class.
Make sure you teach something on that first day of school. Do not spend the entire period on housekeeping tasks. Take attendance, go through the classroom syllabus and rules, and jump right in. Let your students know that your classroom is going to be a place of learning from day one. Share Flipboard Email. For 4 weeks receive unlimited Premium digital access to the FT's trusted, award-winning business news. Premium Digital. Team or Enterprise. Premium FT. Pay based on use. Group Subscription. All the benefits of Premium Digital plus: Convenient access for groups of users Integration with third party platforms and CRM systems Usage based pricing and volume discounts for multiple users Subscription management tools and usage reporting SAML-based single sign on SSO Dedicated account and customer success teams.
Anon at I do not regret the DC decision at all. I've learned a ton here and will absolutely be better for it. Sadly, though, DCPS is not a place for teaching professionals; it's a place for reformers, like-minded administrators, and TFAers to make a name for themselves and build their resumes. Uh, am I missing something? I'm a professional teacher, which is to say I've been doing it for a living and as my life's work for almost as many years as you've been alive.
Yes, DCPS can be a toxic environment but part of the trick of staying in the system is finding a school where you fit in, where you're valued and appreciated as a professional and a person.http://aysdo.chipichipistudio.com/subsole-el-hallazgo.php
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Had I not found that, I'd be long gone to one of the better-run neighboring districts or to another field altogether. I've always wanted to work and live in NYC, where my parents are from, which they thought of as capital of the world. We need more quality teachers in SPS with a broad perspective. Anon at My apologies. I didn't mean to imply that there are no professional teachers in DCPS, just that the current wave of reform or at least what I witnessed at my school, which seems to playing at out at a lot of other schools as well is not interested in hiring and developing professional teachers.
I am in the same boat. I too moved to DC to teach after many years teaching in another major city. Its all part of my world tour in teaching. When I am finished moving about I feel there will be a school and community that will appreciate what I have to offer. My advice for you is to do the same Go with the flow because you can always go home.
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Oh, to be 27 again and living in NYC. Take NYC. Seattle will always be there for you to return to but NYC is an experience that will last you a lifetime.
Have you considered a compromise? You are at the perfect age to extend your own educational opportunities.
By reading this blog I get the sense of you as a person who would enjoy graduate school. You'd probably be in your glory studying English, journalism, sociology or? This could lead to a college teaching career, which seems like a better fit to me.
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I probably shouldn't give advice but if I were you, I'd stay away from high-poverty schools because it's teacher-bashing time at those places. An independent school in Manhattan might be nice. If it's too late to apply, you could enroll in extension classes while you apply for a fellowship. Good luck in whatever you choose! Sounds like a tough decision. But no matter which choice you make it will be the right one for you. Whatever you decide, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to the DC education scene by sharing your experiences as well as thoughtful analysis!
You will be missed! As a former NYC dweller high school and after college who loves to hike and play soccer, the Adirondacks are beautiful and Montreal is not too too far away! I found the pace of life to be a bit too aggressive for my liking in terms of long term habitation! Perfect for the short term though years at a time for me! Thanks for the comments everyone.
I decided to take the job in New York. More on that to come