Now, on to my very first linky party!!!!! I am linking up with Miss Kindergarten for her teaching tip linky party!
One tip I have, especially for new teachers, is don't be afraid to ask for help. No one expects you to be superwoman all the time (just most of the time!). There is no shame in asking a more experienced teacher for ideas or suggestions. And don't be afraid to share ideas of your own! I held back a lot my first year teaching because I thought the other teachers who had been teaching for so much longer than I had probably didn't need suggestions from a newbie. But a good teacher never stops learning, and you will find that the best teachers are constantly looking for ways to sharpen their saw!
Another tip I have is something I use to supplement my behavior management plan for some of my more, let's say, challenging students. I'm sure everyone's had one of those little friends can't seem to sit still on the carpet. Or keep their hands to themselves. Or raise their hand before they answer a question. Or a combination of the three. I had a little friend like that and no amount of silent lunch, notes home, or missed recess seemed to break him of his bad habits. So I gave him a Post-it note to put on his desk. And each time I had to remind him to sit still, keep his hands to himself, or raise his hand, he had to give himself a tally mark (also a great way to reinforce a skill he was struggling with!!). When it was time for recess he had to count up his tally marks, and he had to do a lap around the fence for each tally mark he had. It was a great way for him to take ownership of his behavior, and he quickly discovered that the less tally marks he had, the less recess he would miss.
My final tip is one I have implemented this year to help my students with punctuation and capitalization in their writing. The group I have this year is doing a fabulous job writing stories, but they are lazy when it comes to the mechanics. I pick writing assignments at random to check for proper punctuation and capitalization. I use one color marker to make corrections, and then I use a yellow marker to circle all the places they have use correct punctuation and capitalization. I write the number of yellow circles in the corner of the paper, and they can pick that many Skittles from the treat jar. My kiddos absolutely love it! It started out as way to get them to edit their work, but now they have realized the more sentences they write the more chances they have for correct punctuation and capitalization! Their writing gets longer every day!
I hope you find some of these tips helpful! Don't forget to visit Miss Kindergarten's blog to link up and check out the other amazing tips teachers have left!