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  1. Don’t Let “Free Time” Stress You Out

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    It’s been said that an “idle mind” is the devil’s playground. Well, if that’s true, and you’re a teacher, then that means most of us have “Devil Disney Land” in our classrooms.

    All jokes aside, if you’re a new teacher (even a veteran) there’s nothing funny about students who finish their work early, having too much free time on their hands while you’re still trying to teach a lesson. This “idle time” can lead to excessive talking, disruptive behavior, as well as disruption of learning (for other students) if not planned for and addressed adequately.

    So allow me to offer you some teaching suggestions to help you reduce some of the stress in your life. These are six activities you can use to keep your students busy without just assigning busy work:

    1. Allow your students to read something they’re interested in or passionate about (ask them for a list of their favorite topics, and start collecting articles and keeping them in their personal folders). Maybe ask them to write a summary about the article as well if they finish too soon.

    2. Bring in games that will test and challenge them to think (i.e., Soduku – my 10 year old loves it, puzzles, chess, etc.). Make it a competition and award first, second, and third place prizes for those with the fewest errors or those who finish first).

    3. Have them write short stories (or start a journal) about interesting topics (i.e., what they did last week, their high or low this week, their BIG dream, if they were Principal for a day, their favorite teacher and why, etc.).

    4. Allow those who are very creative to draw a picture of you (brace yourself) while teaching, or something that they’re really interested in.

    5. For the more creative types, have your students write a poem or a rap about different topics (i.e., their family, their friends, the class, the school, etc.) and share it later with the class.

    6. For younger students, you can never go wrong with coloring books.

    Pick your favorite and feel free to modify any of these suggestions. The key here is to have a plan. Successful classroom management is more about preparation than perfection.

    As a teacher, if you use your own “idle time” to prepare for theirs, you’ll never have to worry about your Disney Land becoming the devil’s playground. As always, teach with passion!

    by Professor Joe Martin

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  2. TOP 11 TRAITS OF A GOOD TEACHER

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    First, there is no hard and fast list that tells you who is a good teacher or who is not a good teacher. However, there are traits that excellent teachers have in common. These are not the usual qualities such as being a good friend or having a nice personality.... 1
  3. Top ten exam tips

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    When you take an exam, you are demonstrating your ability to understand course material, or perform certain tasks. The exam forms the basis of evaluation or judgement for your course of study. There are many environmental conditions, including your own attitude and physical condition, which influence how you perform during... Comment
  4. Teachers Engage Your Students

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    Teachers, student engagement is the epitome of teaching. If your students are engaged, then you are a teacher who has succeeded in classroom discipline, classroom management, and effective teaching. You should also know that a quiet class is not necessarily a class of students who are learning. Quiet students are... 1
  5. Code of Ethics for Educators

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    This Code of Ethics for Educators was developed by the distinguished AAE Advisory Board and by the Executive Committee of AAE. It contains four basic principles relating to the rights of students and educators. OVERVIEW The professional educator strives to create a learning environment that nurtures to fulfillment the potential... 2
  6. Teachers Homework Policy

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    Teachers Homework Policy It seems since the beginning of time, homework has been gleefully given by teachers, and sadly accepted by students. Society almost seems to demand it. Principals cannot seem to get enough of it. Some teachers pride themselves on loading students up with hours of homework. We need... Comment
  7. Using mind mapping for teaching is easy

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    Using Mind Mapping For Teaching Is Easy, Just Do This Using mind mapping for teaching is an excellent way for you to prepare for your class. It’s quite a challenge to keep your students interested and excited for lectures and class activities. This is why it’s crucial that you equip... Comment

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