BCTF New Teacher’s Conference Resources

Thanks for attending our workshop at the BCTF conference!

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Here is our slideshow and resources mentioned during our presentation:

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– Michelle & Colin

Your Teaching Strategies & Ideas

Here’s the collection of your wonderful ideas from the New Teacher’s Conference. Thanks for sharing them.

Save Time
  • Adapt and re-use lessons from previous units
  • Lesson share and borrow resources from other teachers
  • Get students to write review questions
  • Have students lead discussions or presentations about a topic
  • Peer assessment
  • Mark representative sections of assignments instead off all questions
  • Have students write quizzes in pen/pencil, then mark their quiz using highlighters/markers to make it clear what their original answer is, and what their correction is
  • Buy quality materials from experienced teachers (try www.teacherspayteachers.com)
  • Get students to help you with everything: setting up class configuration, making photocopies, delivering messages, running errands, putting up posters – this saves you time and teaches accountability and responsibility
  • Mark multiple tests or essays in batches instead of bits and pieces
Stress Less
  • Silent reading as part of class – especially useful for TTOCs at the start of class to get organized
  • Leave school at a specific time each day – and stick to it!
  • Attend yoga in school with students
  • Give yourself a week to give tests back to students
  • Exercise! Take time after the school day – ideally, try to get outside
  • Keep track of unit and lesson length year after year to figure out what to keep, change or remove
Be Creative
  • Engaging high level thinking problems or questions to start the class
  • Use games, brain breaks, and group work to maximize learning time
  • Develop proficiency by engaging all senses and demonstrating learning through different forms
  • Role-play or use analogies to describe concepts
  • Use Pinterest to get lesson ideas (but give yourself a time limit!)
  • Take drama games out of the “Improv Dictionary” for brain break ideas
Feel Confident
  • Reflect every day on what went well and what you could do different next time
  • Don’t dwell on the negative
  • Talk to educational assistants and other support in your classroom
  • Implement social emotional learning practices for student self-regulation (zones of regulation)
  • Experimenting and trying new things is a good idea, even if it doesn’t work the first time
  • Ask for feedback or a teacher evaluations from students at the end of each year
  • Keep track of “teacher feel-goods” or “warm and fuzzier” to re-affirm that you do a great job
  • Dress to impress – prepare for your day (dress, shave, etc.) so you feel confident