Saturday, July 30, 2016

How Can I Find the Courage to go Back to School?

How can I find the courage to go back to school? It's tough to go back to school after a wonderful summer vacation, but it's easier if you have a plan.

Don't get me wrong, I truly love my job. I really, really do!

But it's tough to leave these luxuries:

-extra cups of coffee - while they're still warm
-relaxed conversations with grown ups
-reading books written for adults
-eating breakfast in my jammies
-going to the gym, with energy to work out
and most of all... 
-peeing when I need to!

Last year was probably my most difficult year as a teacher. 
I loved each and every one of my students, but it was a tough combination of kids, and I was maxed out.

I'm hoping I don't return to that.

My dad always taught me: 
When the going gets tough, the tough get going!

and that's just what I plan to do!

After much thought, I decided on the most important strategies I wanted to focus on in my classroom this year.
Strategies for Success: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be a Team Player, Be Mindful, and Be an Active Learner
 I'm going to spend a whole lot of time at the beginning of the school year teaching these strategies for success!

I made posters with an explanation for each strategy.
6 Strategies for Success Posters

I also made these in black and white/ line art for easy printing and opportunities for the kids to color and think about them.

black and white posters for Strategies for Success

Plus, I made mini-posters of each!

Strategies for Success - mini posters

Plus, I made some student response booklets.
Strategies for Success Student Response Booklets

These pages could also be used in interactive notebooks.

My plan is to take a day or two discussing the meaning of each strategy, listing the children's ideas, giving examples and non examples, and making sure the children really understand what each one means before they do that page in their strategy response booklets. 

The Mindfulness strategy might take a little longer, especially if they are coming from classes that didn't do any mindfulness activities in the past.

I did manage to find a few websites with some awesome explanations and activities for helping children understand and practice Mindfulness.

Well, I'm working to get the courage to say goodbye to my wonderful vacation and head back to the classroom, but I'm starting to feel better now that I have a plan.

In fact, now I'm starting to get excited about going back!

Feel free to explore this resource more HERE.

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