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TnT 7 Why close reading is the first tool new teachers should have under their belt

Teaching literacy is a responsibility for all teachers of all subjects, but what if you don’t know how to teach reading? Brooklyn Khan dives into a simple but powerful strategy that every new teacher should have readily available.

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TnT 6 Classroom Management doesn’t have to suck

Thinking about and dealing with classroom management is often a beginning teachers’ nightmare. Taking the time to have a crystal clear picture of your rules and consequences will help to improve student behaviors with each coming year.

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  • What are your 5-7 rules? Are they phrased in the positive rather than negative?
  • What is the logical progression of consequences when students don’t follow those rules?
  • Have you clearly and concisely communicated your rules and consequences to both the students and their parents?
  • How do your classroom rules and consequences align with school and district policies?
  • What are you doing to build relationships with students so that you can minimize behavior problems?

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TnT 5 Expecting your students to be mind-readers is a waste of time

Properly communicated classroom policies and procedures ensure that you can maximize the learning time in a safe and productive environment. When we start out teaching, it’s a time of experimentation to see what works. Here are four important points to consider when deciding on what and how to implement your policies and procedures.

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  • How students come into the classroom, where they keep their belongings, expectations for the beginning and end of class
  • Policies for students leaving their seats: bathroom use, getting supplies, sharpening pencils, etc.
  • How you transition between activities
  • Electronic device usage (cell phones, tablets, etc.)

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TnT 4 It’s time to grade your grading policies

As a newer teacher, you probably used the grading system from student teaching or a haphazard combination of what you “heard” you should do. By taking the time to closely examine your grading policies, you can ensure that your gradebook clearly communicates your students’ academic progress.

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Using weighted grades:

How much is each of these categories worth in your gradebook?

  • Homework
  • Tests
  • Classwork
  • Projects

How about late work and effort?

What are your grading policies for:

  • Late work
  • Partial completion
  • Test retakes and assignment redos
  • Extra credit
  • Absences
  • Cheating

Still not sure what you want for your grading? Here’s an article that might help you: https://www.mrslepre.com/grading-your-gradebook/

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TnT 3 Why you need to rethink your classroom set up to maximize learning

When was the last time you examined your classroom setup? Your classroom needs to be set up to maximize student learning while also reducing traffic and chaos. Here’s what to consider when considering a new setup.

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Classroom Layout

Reflect on:

  • Student desks/tables
  • Student chairs
  • Teacher desk
  • Cabinets and shelves
  • Bin and containers for supplies

Organization

Reflect on:

  • Books
  • Pens, pencils, and markers
  • Scissors and glue sticks
  • Student work
  • Classroom technology

Seating arrangement

Reflect on

  • Heterogeneous vs homogeneous groups
  • Students in individual seats vs. groups
  • Frequency of seat changes

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