Week one of school is complete.  Thirteen days of in-service before school started was interesting, to say the least.  Some of the things that I learned from various sessions that I will remember in my classroom:

  • Do not read the PowerPoint slides word for word
  • Do not make students listen to a lecture and not be able to participate and move around
  • Allow students to take breaks
  • Ask for input
  • Make all of my students feel important
  • Encourage my co-workers to try something new
  • Listen attentively
  • Provide fun activities that promote thinking
  • Just have fun
  • Learn the students names and connect EARLY
  • My classroom may be the only place that a student feels safe