Welcome back for Chapter 2 of Teaching with Intention. I'm linking up with the Kindergarten Smorgasbord for this summer weekly linky. This week's hosts are Flying into First, The Primary Gal, and Mrs. Dailey's Classroom.
First up, what is your vision for your classroom? Before you can create the classroom environment you long to be in, you have to have a plan. You don't go setting up your classroom decor in August without having some kind of idea of what you want or need to put up. The same is true with behavior. Odds are good that you have an idea of how you want your students to behave and talk to each other in your classroom. By defining those goals, you can begin to map out how to teach them to your students.
But you have to have a plan. Start with what you want to see from your students at the end of the year. Where should they be by the middle of the year? October? What's your first priority? How can you model these skills?
- Independent learners who take initiative
- A class family that takes care of each other and their things
- Respectful words and actions
- Hands on, messy, fun learning
As you are deciding what your vision for your classroom is, you'll need to think about your classroom beliefs. What do YOU think is important for your students? How do YOU feel your students learn best? You're out there in the classroom everyday. As teachers we read a lot about what everyone else thinks is best, but YOU know what YOUR students need.
But what happens if your beliefs don't match your practices? Do you change how you think or what you do? Personally, my beliefs hold pretty strong. Changing how I approach something is a much better solution to me than changing my values.
If you're not sure where to begin, do as Debbie Miller suggests and spend 15 minutes or so a few times a week reflecting on your day. "Record your observations, reflections, new thinking, learning and questions. Ask yourself, 'What do I value?'" When you have an idea of where you want them to end up, you can begin planning how to get there.
- All students can learn
- Students must be held to high expectations
- Consistency is key
- Hands on lessons turn the brain on
- Even the youngest of learners can take charge of their learning
Now it's your turn. What are some of your beliefs? Has the vision for your classroom changed over the last year, or since you started the book? What's your first step to creating that kind of environment in the fall? Leave a comment and let me know. I love to hear your ideas!
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