Getting Back into the Swing of Things
So it’s that time of year again… Back to school! Are you prepared to have a successful school year? The Gravely Group is looking forward to working with you this year. Here five tips to ensure a productive program with your Early/Head Start children and families:
Reflect on the Past: Experience is the ultimate learning tool. Great teachers are constantly looking for new ideas and methods to apply to their classroom. Never be afraid to try a new approach, but understand that sometimes it works, sometimes it needs tweaked, and sometimes it will need thrown out altogether. A teacher must allow experiences, both good and bad, to guide their overall approach to teaching.
It is a New Year: Never come into a school year or classroom with preconceived notions. Every child who walks into your classroom deserves the chance to come in with a clean slate. A teacher who has preconceived notions can be detrimental to the overall development of a child.
Set Goals: Teachers should have a list of personal goals to improve in specific areas of weakness during the school year. It is okay that goals be adjusted as the year moves along. It is essential that you set high goals and expectations for all your children in your classroom. Just remember that every child has their own unique needs.
Set the Tone: The first few days and weeks of school will often set the tone for the entire school year. A teacher should seize that opportunity to establish a solid rapport with their children. A teacher who comes in with the mindset that they want every child to like them will lose respect quickly, and it will be a difficult year.
Make Contact: Getting parents to trust that you have their child’s best interest in mind is paramount. In addition, try to contact each parent personally early on by setting up parent committees, emailing them, conducting a home visit, or inviting them up for an open room night.
Establishing trustworthy relationships with parents early on when things are going good will make it easier should you begin to have issues. Parents can be your biggest ally. Investing the time and effort early on to win them to your side will make you more effective.
Have a great program year!
And as always we say at The Gravely Group, “Everything you can imagine is real.” We hope you will make your program an all-embracing success for the children and families you serve.