The small student desks were all in rows and you could literally see your reflection when you looked down at the freshly waxed floors. I looked around, then looked down at this GINORMOUS binder that had been given to me during New Teacher Orientation the previous day. I just remember standing there thinking "where do I start?" If any of that sounds familiar, maybe you had that same look on your face during your New Teacher Orientation. Or perhaps you sat at your desk in your classroom trying to figure out an escape plan before the first day of school. And if that's the case, I encourage you to head over to the Intentional Instruction Podcast where I discuss my top two things that I believe will set you on track to having a great first year!
A reminder about how to access the Intentional Instruction store. Just go to the 3 bars on the top left-side of the screen, scroll down to "I-Team Store", click, then take a look at the items inside. Fall items will be added soon, so remember to check back regularly.
The Intentional Toolkit
Inside the Intentional Toolkit, I included a few resources that are timely and are connected to the podcast discussion. To access them just click on the toolkit below. From there you'll be able to open the PDF.
I remember having a chance to meet the late Dr. Rita Pierson when she came to my former district to present at a professional development workshop. Not only was Dr. Pierson down-to-earth, she was also passionate about her work; and of course she had a great sense of humor. Many educators have watched her video titled "Every Kid Needs a Champion Teacher" on more than one occasion. For me, it never gets old as it inspires me each time I hear her talk about the impact her late mother had on the countless number of students she encountered throughout her teaching career. As always, I hope that you find the video below as well as the resources in the Intentional Toolkit useful.
Well, that's all for now. But I do hope you find a cool place to sit back and recline as this summer heat continues to make us long for cooler days in the coming months. As I end this post it's my hope that you have a wonderful first year! Remember to take care of yourself, be safe, and until next time...go out there and be GREAT!