Teacher Tip #3: A Saturday-Approved way to get ready for next semester

Saturday is meant for pure, unbridled laziness. Do NOT deviate from this, people! But, since a new semester is quickly approaching, I suppose I might as well do something to prepare for it.

My suggestion is this: Draft an intro email to your students (or parents, or both) welcoming them to your new class. Don’t focus too much on class rules or procedures; you’ll have plenty of time in class to yell at them. Instead, focus on being positive, letting them know how much they will love your class, and telling them what they can look forward to. Include a few of your favorite days: That awesome lab that you do, or your favorite writing prompt, or the time you go outside to calculate the whatever about the whichever. Starting off on the right foot cannot be underestimated.

And work in some humor. I hear that’s important in teaching.

And try to work in the word ‘whiz-bang.’ Just for the hell of it.

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I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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