Calling all Chatty Kathy’s (238 out of 365) #blogaday


Some of the children in my class are starting to act out because they are used to the preschool teachers. It is difficult since there isn’t much management on behavior, so I really want to try and enforce some with talking and acting out. Today, one of the students was very rowdy and disrespectful towards me and multiple other teachers. This website has some useful ideas like the noise chart and attention grabbers – I am going on vacation for about a week and a half, but I’ll talk to my coteacher about incorporating some of these when I come back (as well as during his time alone).


Absorbing advice about attention (28 out of 365) #blogaday

As I said in an earlier post, I started reading โ€‹The Skillful Teacher and I am partway through Chapter 2 (which focuses on keeping student attention). It is interesting to see the various ways suggested – apparently, there are different categories of teacher behaviors: desisting, alerting, enlisting, acknowledging, and winning ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Some of the strategies I had heard of before and others were new to me, and I didn’t like every single one. I starred “using signals” and “touch” from Desisting, “unison” from Alerting, basically everything in Enlisting, and “humor” as well as “dramatization” from Winning. Enlisting had such great ideas! – which included “suspense”/”challenge”/”making students a helper”/”personification”/”connecting with student fantasies.” These just seem like very fun ways to get students involved and excited to learn the content. I can tell that reading โ€‹The Skillful Teacherย โ€‹will be very beneficial for me – what a great buy! I ordered Teach like a Champion (for really cheap!) yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚ Love all the learning I’m getting out of this post’s book and can definitely see myself growing as a teacher each year from reading the other few. skillful teacher attention reflection post2skillful teacher attention reflection post

UPDATE: The list of books I wrote down originally has altered a bit (โ€‹it no longer has Mindset or 7 habits of effective people, but some new ones instead – see image below).ย โ€‹

updated professional book list