I've been out of commission the last few days. I've been busy spending time with my sweet family and driving here and there. I knew it was important to set aside a few days to focus on my family.
I'm not incredibly sure what to write about so I'm just hop9ing to get some feedback on classroom practices that have really worked for you guys.
I won't lie..I am a people person who has never really had to deal with much confrontation. I love meeting people and making friends. When I began teaching, as most all of us deal with, I don't think I had any idea of how this personal quality of mine would be challenged. My first two years of teaching, I taught at an awesome school teaching seniors. I was only 22. I was intimidated, challenged, and changed. I loved my experience at Greenwood and am so blessed to have taught with so many incredible people and love and get to know so many amazing kids. However, it was tough! I was so used to getting along with people that it was a slap in the face when some of my kids challenged my authority or straight up didn't like me. What?! Someone doesn't like me. Who knew! (now it's funny because I understand that it's totally normal..but then, I felt inadequate.) I learned so much that first year. So so much. The second year was much better but still a struggle. I actually had a student steal my car keys (Which I thought I had lost) and took off with my 2 month old car a month later. (That's another post that I'll share if y'all want me to.) I mean, really. How many teachers can say they've had their car stolen by one of their students? I feel tough now. :) Now, I have taught the last two years at another incredible school where I actually went to high school at. L-O-V-E it. I love my kids so so much. All that to say, classroom management was a huge learning curve for me initially. I have come such a long way and I am proud of myself. Proud because I have worked so hard in this area and my character has changed so much through the process.
Now, I am looking for more strategies to employ to enhance the learning environment in my classroom.
What strategies do y'all use to create an incredibly organized, systematic learning environment?
What are ideas that I can use to create more structure in the day-to-day procedures?
I would LOVE your feedback. This is an area that I have grown in but know that I have so much to learn. I am not an organized individual at all. So, I have to be really intentional on classroom practices to ensure an effective learning environment. Please share! I love to pick people's brains!!
Y'all have an awesome night!