Go-to-School Night—Strategies for Success

Preparing for Go-to-School Night
Go-to-School Night is one of the first and most powerful chances you have as a teacher to create a great first impression with the Ps & Gs* (parents and guardians) of your new class (or classes) of students. Often, this hectic, anxiety-filled night comes much earlier in the new school year than many teachers might like. Other teachers, however, are just happy to have this night in their rearview mirror as quickly as possible. Either way, it’s important to best use this night to kick off great relationships with these Ps & Gs for the year ahead.

To prepare for Go-to-School Night, consider these strategies for success: Continue reading “Go-to-School Night—Strategies for Success”

Trends from Friends Poll: September 2015

Success Starts with a Smartly Arranged Classroom

A new school year means a new start for you, your students, and your classroom. HOW you arrange WHERE you teach is important. As teachers stream into schools to unroll posters from last year, make new locker signs, and set up classroom spaces, it’s an excellent time to consider something new. Just because you always had the word wall by the door doesn’t mean it has to go there again. Give your classroom—and yourself—a fresh new set up.

Big Goals Set Your Stage
First, articulate your big goals for the year. If you are teaching a new grade level this year, goal setting will be a natural part of your planning steps. If you are returning Continue reading “Success Starts with a Smartly Arranged Classroom”

Teacher Peach Freebies: CCSS Big Picture Graphic

Understanding the Big Ideas of CCSS
The Common Core State Standards have gotten a lot of press over the past few years. The initiative has shaped today’s educational landscape. Whether you think the Common Core State Standards are a good thing or a bad thing, the initiative probably shapes your classroom in one way or another. As a result, you will most likely find yourself in a situation where you have to explain the CCSS and how they affect your classroom to someone who doesn’t know much about the standards. We have a simple solution for that problem.

Post a Graphic of the CCSS
Click here and post this freebie graphic in your room for you, your students, and their parents to see. Posting the form will help everyone understand the core ideas of the CCSS and how those standards turn into objectives for your classroom. This simple chart may also help parents understand what the Common Core State Standards are and the reasons behind them. The chart helps the standards become something digestible rather than some obscure, undefined thing they’ve just heard snippets about on the news.

You can further augment this document with any additional ideas of your own.

Help See the Details
Teacher Peach's Jumbo Text MagnifierWhile this graphic showcases some big picture ideas, sometimes you need to see the small details—literally. With small fonts and misplaced reading glasses, keep this Jumbo Complex Text Magnifier on hand in your classroom to ensure that you can read fonts of all sizes.

Journal Your Way to Successful Teaching and Personal Growth

The Benefits of Journaling
Many studies have highlighted the health benefits of writing in a journal. It is an excellent and often therapeutic habit to cultivate, regardless of age or vocation. As a teacher, keeping a journal is a great way to process on the go—reflect on the day, the week, the semester, and even the year. Here are a few ideas to help spark your journal writing.

Journaling as an Emotional Release
Bottling up feelings is unhealthy. As a teacher, it’s easy find yourself in situations where you have to contain your emotions and project an even-keel demeanor. While this sort of demeanor might be best in the classroom, Continue reading “Journal Your Way to Successful Teaching and Personal Growth”

Teacher Peach Freebies: Rating Peer Team Effectiveness

Improve Teamwork with Feedback
In order for groups to attain goals, they need to work together effectively. A group’s effectiveness can grow with feedback from fellow members of the team. Giving feedback to fellow team members—and receiving feedback from fellow team members—encourages collaboration and communication, which will positively impact the group’s overall effectiveness.

Help foster this feedback and collaboration by using this Teacher Peach freebie Rating Peer Team Effectiveness form.

Rate Your Peer Team Members
After working as a group for a set period of time, Continue reading “Teacher Peach Freebies: Rating Peer Team Effectiveness”

Journals Send Messages to You—and Others

Why Keep a Journal?
Can you recall a lesson from last year that didn’t turn out as you’d planned? Or maybe a great lesson idea popped into your head one morning this past summer while you were drinking your coffee? As we head into August, many teachers’ minds shift toward the school year ahead. Sometimes great ideas come to us most easily when we are relaxed and refreshed—before the school year begins. Having a journal nearby can help you quickly capture those ideas whenever they pop up.

With a journal in your tote bag, you can quickly jot down ideas, plans, or even questions. Once you’ve recorded your thoughts, you can always go back to the journal to flesh out your ideas or seek out answers to your questions. We’ve been taught that brainstorming Continue reading “Journals Send Messages to You—and Others”