Today was the first in-service for where Rachel, Tera and I teach. It was a valuable, focused session on key classroom technology that all of use. Tomorrow is our full day, full faculty in-service on The Big Picture for the year. Monday has the faculty/staff business meetings. I see my freshmen briefly on Tuesday and Wed is the first full day of school.
So, I need to get focused on the technology I plan to use in my classes this year. I’ve gathered lots of links which will help me with this. As I hope they’ll be helpful for you as well, I’ll make a number of posts today.
For the Religion teachers out there, here’s a great list courtesy of Jared Dees and his excellent The Religion Teacher blog.
10 First Week Mistakes to Avoid in Religion Class:
- Not sharing why you became a teacher/catechist
- Teaching on the first day
- Only talking about what you will teach and how they will be graded (In other words, just sharing your syllabus)
- Explaining how a class will run (rules & procedures), but not why they are there.
- Not praying
- Ignoring what the students want out of your class
- Forgetting the students’ names
- Not smiling
- Not reaching out to parents
- Teaching your lessons without a purpose
A good list, I must say. Compare it to the other “don’t” list I posted recently and you’ll see some clear similarities.
If you’re still getting ready for 2015-2016 – Blessings on your preparation!
If you’re already rolling with students in 2015-2016 – Blessings on today and every day of this school year!