3 days in a row!!! Wow – go me. I am not sure that anyone is reading this, but it is hopefully making me into a better teacher and really that is what I want. No, seriously, stop laughing at me! Ok, Ok – I really want fame and fortune, but since I am a teacher that will never happen. So I will become the best teacher I can. @teachthought #reflectiveteacher prompt for today is:
Discuss one “observation” area that you would like to improve on for your teacher evaluation. When I first read this I was unsure of what area I wanted to improve on. I know I could use some improvement in just about every area, I think everyone can, but what one thing do I think would help me to become a better teacher so my students can learn better. I went to my district’s evaluation handbook and look through our standards and the one that jumped out to me was Standard 7: Classroom Procedures and Physical Environment. We have guiding questions and possible evidence as well as indicators for exemplary, proficient, basic & deficient, here are the questions & evidence. The specific area I need to work on is transitions. It is so easy for a middle schooler to get pulled off task and if I give them even a moment of down time they are chattering and moving around the room before I blink. I am working on getting my stuff organized better so I am not spending time hunting for stuff while I am teaching. And while this has helped I am not where I want to be yet. Do you have any transition tips that work for middle schooler that I can steal? Please share them!
I also want to come up with some attention getting signal, because saying “hey guys be quiet” 20 times is just not working. 🙂 I have 8th graders and I am worried that what ever I come up with will seem elementary. I have watched Teacher Channel;s videos on attention getting signals but none of them feel quite right for me. What do you use with middle schoolers?