Effective, efficient teaching strategies: research based teaching procedures and curriculums are great references. There are also standardized assessment tools that are norm-referenced which also direct you to exact skills to work on. These assessments are great for differentiation, IEP goal writing, and countless other applications.
Easy ways to differentiated instruction: create a structure in which small group or individualized learning opportunities are present throughout the day, allowing your students to learn at their own pace. Consider doing some research into the Montessori method as well!
Happy, learning students+ happy teacher= lots of success
Organization: create enough space for learning, collaboration, locating materials and movement
Predictable expectations and management strategies: 3-5 positive ‘to do’ rules must be established (these do not include ‘do not run, do not talk’, etc…… should be ‘use a quiet voice, follow adult directions, listen to the speaker, have a quiet body, time to learn’)
Routines: When routines are practiced many times, so they are second nature, people will follow them BECAUSE it is expected of them. They know the predictable rules/expectations as well as the consequences for not complying, so without question they will follow. This will require lots of teaching and re-teaching, but in time they will fall into place. Anytime there is a break longer than a typical two day weekend, spend some time reviewing and practicing these routines. Routines include:
- where to find pencils
- what to do when I have to go to the bathroom
- when is lunch and recess
- how to walk in the hall
- how to participate in whole group, small group and independent work
- what if I need help
- and the list goes on and on
- Harry Wong’s ‘The First 100 Days of School’ is a great reference for many of these routines. I recommend spending the last few weeks of school revising the list from the year before. If you have never had a list, start listing all the routines that the class engages in daily. This way, you can think them through over the summer, organize the classroom accordingly, then practice with students the moment they walk in the door next year!