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Teacher Survival Kit

Considering that teaching is often a very taxing job, all teachers could use a survival kit.  A survival kit will remind us why we chose to be teachers.  Here are some items to include in your kit:

(Note:  Phrases taken from a poem by an unknown author):

·         A pencil so you can write down your blessings

·         A piece of chewing gum to help you remember to “stick with it”

·         An eraser to help you remember, everyone makes mistakes, even teachers

·         A candy kiss to help you remember that we all need hugs now and then

·         A toothpick to remind you that you can pick out the good things in anyone

·         A smiley face to help you remember a smile takes less muscles than a frown

·         A seed to remind us that things grow and mature and things can change


Teacher “Picker-Upper”

Sometimes teachers need a bit of pepping up.  Try this idea for a teacher friend.  Obtain several medium-size empty pill bottles from the local pharmacy.  On a large adhesive label, write the “prescription” below for a teacher friend or other co-worker.  Paste it to the pill bottle.  Fill the bottle with some type of small candies.  Place it on a friend’s desk or in his or her mailbox.  Just the idea will help brighten the day!

                        RX# 12345                   100 mg

                        Dr. (your name)             For:  (Whomever)

Directions:  Whenever you are feeling down in the dumps, take one or two of these for an energy boost.  Refill as necessary.


Check out these two books for more teacher survival tips:

20 Time-Saving Ideas to Use as a Teacher

1. Let the students take turns doing your filing. They will learn ABC order, and you can do something else. Teach one or two students and let them teach another and so on.
2. Walk around the room and correct work during the lesson rather than doing it after school.
3. Don’t prepare so much ahead of time—let the students do their own tracing and cutting.
4. Buy punch-out letters for your bulletin board captions, or buy ready-made headliners to use as labels.
5. If you have an aide or reliable parent helper(s), decide what you want to do yourself and then delegate the other tasks.
6. Have students grade their own or each other’s papers. If you are using the writing process, peer editing fits in here.
7. Use your student room helpers efficiently. You won’t ever have to put another paper in a mailbox or water another plant.
8. Keep some personal things tucked away in your room. A soft drink and a box of crackers will get you through a lunch hour and save you from having to stay after school on a day when you must get to an important meeting or appointment.
9. Get in the habit of making double plans. If you have an art lesson every Friday, make it next Friday’s plan and then, while you are thinking about it, flip ahead in your lesson plan book and do another plan for another lesson.
10. The next time you have a staff meeting, carry along papers to grade or something to cut out while you are waiting for the meeting to begin or when there are pauses or interruptions in the proceedings. Make sure you have secure file folders to carry your papers and materials.
11. Volunteer carefully. If you are going to agree to do something that will take a lot of time, make sure it is something you really enjoy and that you can really spare the time.
12. Ask parent helpers to do things like running off sets of papers, stapling, and laminating.
13. Spend an occasional weekend day in your classroom and get completely organized for a month ahead to save time on a daily basis.
14. Pay someone to grade papers for you on an occasional or regular basis. A volunteer or assistant at your school may appreciate extra take-home work. High school students are sometimes available for this kind of work.
15. Give a daily review, including the various skills that should be reinforced for end-of-year testing. You will avoid spending a lot of time on last minute catch-up.
16. Spend the first six weeks of the year concentrating on bonding and team building with your students. You will save the time that you would otherwise spend on discipline and classroom management later in the year.
17. Use the services that are offered by library resource people. They will do research and get you information that you need.
18. If you keep your teaching project centered and do a thorough task analysis, completion of the project will show mastery of the skills embedded in the project without need for further assessment.
19. Get older students, from another classroom if necessary, to help you with everyday room cleanup.
20. Remember that time and money are interchangeable. Spend money to save time.

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Welcome to Teacher Created Tips

You are a teacher. You’ve learned the ins and outs of child psychology, effective classroom management, curriculum development, and even how to create a PowerPoint presentation—but now what? Now you’re in the classroom, on your own, and all that wonderful training may not seem like quite enough to get you through the real world of teaching. Rest assured, your teacher training is excellent groundwork for the path ahead; however, your real training is about to begin—in the classroom.

Written and compiled by veteran teachers, this blog contains useful information that will help make your first year a smooth and comfortable one. You’ll find tried-and-true tips, lesson plans, and other resources for every new teacher, covering such topics as:

• classroom management, organization, and decoration

• educational and discipline techniques

• teaching tips for reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and art

• suggestions for whole-class and independent learning

• student behavior management

• motivational ideas

• parent and student communication

• how to use a substitute effectively

• cross-curricular worksheets and activities

• lesson plans and ideas

• and lots more!

Of course, even an experienced teacher will find a great deal of support and new ideas in the following posts. It is never too late to learn something new!

When all is said and done, learning how to create a PowerPoint presentation is one thing, but knowing when to use it and who to rely upon for help is even more useful. With the supporting ideas here, you will have the time and energy to put all your classroom training to effective and positive use.

Good luck and best wishes as you embark on this exciting and rewarding new career! Teacher Created Resources will be there to help you along the way.