TT004 What your first assignment of the year should include (Chalk & Awe)

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Your first assignment sets the tone for the rest of the school year. Colin and Michelle talk about the importance of starting with an assignment that is engaging, fun, and challenging, and give examples of what that could look like for your class.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:43]
  • How to start your lessons in the first week of school [1:20]
  • Examples of “chalk and awe” activities and assignments [1:32]
  • How to reduce assignment anxiety at the start of the year [2:23]
  • How to make your first assignment act as a “diagnostic” pre-assessment [3:50]
  • Why it’s valuable to have an individual and group component to the assignment [4:28]
  • Using the first assignment to assess content knowledge [5:52]
  • Why you should take your time with the first assignment [6:56]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [7:56]
  • Why teaching is the best form of learning [8:56]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [9:39]

TT003 How to set your rules and seating plan in September (Your Golden Rules)

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What classroom rules are the most important? Colin and Michelle debate the effectiveness of different ways to set up your seating plan and classroom rules at the start of the year – including the specific rules you should be setting on the very first day.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:45]
  • The two reasons why you should create a seating plan on the first day [1:04]
  • Should you make the seating plan, or should your students? [1:48]
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different ways to set the seating plan [2:35]
  • How to create a win-win situation with seating plans, and still maintain control [4:22]
  • How to move students who chat too much with friends – without them getting upset [5:13]
  • Should you set your own rules, or co-create them with students? [5:58]
  • The specific rules you should set on the first day [7:23]
  • The most important part about setting rules [9:42]
  • Summary of your action plan for first-day rules [10:24]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [10:44]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [17:42]

TT002 How to decide what to wear to school (Dress to Impress)

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How much attention do you give to your teacher clothes? Colin and Michelle discuss advantages and disadvantages of what to wear to school, and talk about subtle, positive changes you can make to your visual appearance.

Show Notes:

  • Segment: Tactic Time [0:42]
  • What Michelle wears to school [1:22]
  • What Colin wears to school [2:36]
  • Why what you wear is like a costume [3:35]
  • How your clothing relates to your teaching persona [4:20]
  • The benefits and drawbacks of casual vs. formal clothing [4:42]
  • Clothing suggestions for young teachers [5:22]
  • How to use your colleagues and students to decide how to dress [6:27]
  • Why you should be genuine with your clothing [7:12]
  • Other aspects of your visual appearance to review [7:27]
  • How your posture can make you more confident [8:48]
  • Story: One teacher’s fashion fan club [9:27]
  • Story: A word of caution for biking to school “European style” [10:35]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [11:44]
  • The connection between teaching and show business [11:57]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [12:36]

TT001 How to set the right tone with your classes in September (Your Home Tour)

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In the first session of the Teacher Tactics podcast, Colin and Michelle discuss ways to set the right tone with your classes as you start the year in September.

Show Notes:

  • What are Colin and Michelle’s teaching backgrounds? [0:48]
  • Why we started this podcast [2:01]
  • Why your first year of teaching is more difficult than your practicum [2:46]
  • Segment: Tactic Time [3:26]
  • Why students in your classroom are like guests in your home [4:21]
  • The two ways to start the school year successfully with your students [4:44]
  • How to be authoritative in the classroom [5:04, 6:09, 7:15]
  • How to be caring towards your students [7:40, 8:06, 8:49, 10:03, 10:57]
  • Why it’s important to introduce yourself to your students [13:47]
  • Segment: Potent Quotables [15:58]
  • How this week’s quote has multiple connections to education [16:40]
  • Like what you’ve heard? Review us on iTunes, take our 2-minute survey, or send us a teaching question to hello@teachertactics.com [17:42]